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The Hammer Museum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive present

Can't Get That Monster Out of My Mind: Joan Didion and Cinema

Joan Didion
October 25, 2022 -
December 17, 2022

Photo credit: Mary Lloyd Estrin, 1977.


Free admission. No registration needed for this series; first come, first served.


Cinema, and Hollywood in particular, casts a long shadow across the writings of Joan Didion. This series, a collaboration between the Hammer Museum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, seeks to measure its reach in a variety of ways, considering her work as a screenwriter and her influences, as well as those directors who share a subject with Didion but diverge, sometimes dramatically, from her unflinching perspective.

Series curated and program notes by Thomas Beard.

Programs & Events

Image Title Date and Time Location Buy Tickets
Actors Peter Fonda and Nancy Sinatra wearing sunglasses.

The Wild Angels

November 29, 2022 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Black Panthers

Didion and the Counterculture

December 4, 2022 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Water and Power

Water and Power and Freeways

December 17, 2022 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location
Actors Ava Gardner and Richard Burton.

The Night of the Iguana

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Actor John Wayne.

The Searchers

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
A shadowy figure standing in the street.

The Third Man

Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Actors Kitty Winn and Al Pacino.

The Panic in Needle Park

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Actors Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins.

Play It as It Lays

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater