Didion and the Counterculture
Sun 12/4/2022 • 7PM - 8:30PM PST
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
Free admission. No registration needed; first come, first served.
Ringing throughout Joan Didion’s pieces on the counterculture and political militancy of the long 1960s is a clear note of skepticism. These four works offer contrasting vibe reports from those same milieus: Agnès Varda’s dispatch on the Black Panthers in Oakland, Kenneth Anger’s avant-garde summoning (which stars Manson Family member Bobby Beausoleil), Ralph Arlyck’s portrait of a four-year-old hippie in the Haight, and a newsreel documentary about one woman’s path to feminist self-understanding.
DCP, color, 31 min. Director: Agnès Varda.
Invocation of My Demon Brother
35mm, color, 12 min. Director: Kenneth Anger.
16mm, color, 14 min. Director: Ralph Arlyck.
16mm, b&w, 25 min. Director: Geri Ashur, Peter Barton, Marilyn Mulford, Stephanie Palewski.
Total runtime: 82 min.
Can't Get That Monster Out of My Mind: Joan Didion and Cinema