Reviewed bydear_prudenceVote: 8/10/10
Joan Didion was born in 1934, the same year as Gloria Steinham. Theyboth intrigue me as women writers who earned a living asoutsiders--reporters--investigating gender, class, community, and theseismic shifts of the larger cultural world from refreshingly differentperspectives.
I confess I didn't know much about Didion's personal life--her famousin-laws, her famous friends--and the documentary flicks outphotographs, interviews, and archival footage that are a delight todiscover. The film gives you a peek into the intimate life of anintriguing person who worked hard to stay hidden, even though her booksare so personal. There is a detachment she employed as a writer toreport back to us. The documentary strips away some of the distance.
I found the interviews with Dunne fascinating. Her answers surprisedme. I loved seeing how the thread of her life weaved through politics,subcultures, music, film, and her own family. And kudos to GriffinDunne (and several members of her extended family) for putting thistogether right now. A reflection worthy of your time.
Reviewed bybettycjungVote: 6/10/10
10/28/17. Oh my, what if Griffin Dunne didn't do this biopic when hedid? Didion is now in her early 80s and it's amazing why there wasn'tone done before this one. Such a celebrated writer and screenwriterfinally got what she deserved. While well-known her private life wasfilled with tragedy, from the sudden death of her husband and earlydeath of her only daughter at 39. Her book, The Year of MagicalThinking, is perhaps the best book ever about how those left behinddeal with the death of a loved one. That book and this movie are worthcatching.
Reviewed byhwhaley2001-530-818398Vote: 10/10/10
This film is a tribute to Ms. Didion, who was an amazing writer, andher writings were incredible that they were so easy to read andunderstand. Griffin Dunne does a fantastic job with this. I wasactually surprised at how much I enjoyed this film and how much it mademe think and maybe tear up a bit. She was an amazing woman whosewritings were concise and she was completely unafraid to relate thetruth, no matter how unpleasant or downright ugly - or how painful. Wehave all lost loved ones, children sometimes and certainly spouses, andeven innocence in the political and social systems - she really wasable to convey the feelings - the reality of loosing major parts ofyour life and to still survive. This is a wonderful film, andencompasses more than just a tribute to a wonderful Aunt. She is anamazing person.
Literary icon Joan Didion reflects on her remarkable career and personal struggles in this intimate documentary directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne.