Vincent Gagliostro reports on NYFF55: Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Dear Shaded Viewers,


My heart leapt when as the film ended a spotlight turned to

The upper box of Alice Tully Hall and there was Joan Didion,

(So flou it looks like an Edward Hopper painting.)

All in black including dark glasses and a beaded bag.

Reading her Collection of essays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem at least once a year, The sight of her up there, iconic. New Yorker. There is a line that opens

Author Joan Didion at home in Hollywood.
Author Joan Didion at home in Hollywood.

Her essay GOODBYE TO ALL THAT, ‘It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends,’ and it haunts me the loss contained

In those words.

There were great films at the festival, but for me, this was the moment

For me that caught THE moment.  The Film Society continues to live up

To their byline, FILM LIVES HERE. It sure does.




Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.