New Documentary Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold Now Streaming on Netflix

Quick note: Net­flix just launched a new doc­u­men­tary Joan Did­ion: The Cen­ter Will Not Hold. It’s a por­trait (nat­u­ral­ly) of the now 82-year-old lit­er­ary icon, Joan Did­ion, that’s direct­ed by her own nephew Grif­fin Dunne. If you have a Net­flix account, you can start stream­ing the 90 minute doc­u­men­tary here. If you don’t, you could always sign up for Net­flix’s 30-day free tri­al.

If you read the reviews of the film (at the New York­er, New York Times, NPR, etc), you’ll hear echoes of what God­frey Cheshire has to say over at

A fond and appre­cia­tive por­trait of one of Amer­i­can journalism’s super­stars, “Joan Did­ion: The Cen­ter Will Not Hold” may not con­tain any rev­e­la­tions that will sur­prise those who’ve fol­lowed Didion’s elo­quent, often auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal writ­ing over the years. But the fact that it was made by her nephew, actor/filmmaker Grif­fin Dunne, gives it a warmth and inti­ma­cy that might not have graced a more stan­dard doc­u­men­tary.

Again, you can start stream­ing here

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

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Long Strange Trip, the New 4‑Hour Doc­u­men­tary on the Grate­ful Dead, Is Now Stream­ing Free on Ama­zon Prime

Read 12 Mas­ter­ful Essays by Joan Did­ion for Free Online, Span­ning Her Career From 1965 to 2013

Joan Did­ion Reads From New Mem­oir, Blue Nights, in Short Film Direct­ed by Grif­fin Dunne

Watch the New Trail­er for the Upcom­ing Joan Did­ion Doc­u­men­tary, We Tell Our­selves Sto­ries In Order to Live

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