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Netflix Scores Two High-Profile Literary Documentaries

The Joan Didion and Gay Talese Docs Will Both Be Released Later This Year

By Sam Eichner ·
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Netflix has announced the release of two new literary documentaries later this year, Deadline reports.

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, directed by actor-director Griffin Dunne (who was also Didion’s nephew), makes use of a “trove” of archival footage, as well as interviews with Didion herself about “partying with Janis Joplin,” “hanging with Jim Morrison” and “cooking dinner for Charles Manson,” amongst other things. Voyeur, on the other hand, follows the legendary Gay Talese as he researches his most recent book, last year’s highly controversial The Voyeur’s Motel, based on a portrait of a Colorado motel owner who watched his clients have sex, Gerald Foos.

While Talese and Didion have always been shrouded in an air of cool, the movies, both of which will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, represent perhaps a newfound interest in the “new journalists” of the 60s (Leonardo DiCaprio is also turning Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff into a TV series). Regardless, Netflix seems to have scored a sizeable victory here, and we’re looking forward to checking ‘em out.

Sam Eichner likes literature, reality television and his twin cats equally. He has consistently been told he needs a shave since he started growing facial hair.

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