Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Dylan Farrow: The hypocrisy behind Hollywood's continued acceptance of Woody Allen

Dylan Farrow: The hypocrisy behind Hollywood's continued acceptance of Woody Allen

As written and directed by Allen, the drama explores four intersecting lives - those of a struggling blue-collar couple (played by Jim Belushi and Kate Winslet), Belushi's estranged daughter Carolina (Juno Temple) and summer lifeguard Mickey (Justin Timberlake), who wants to be a playwright.

In her third example, Farrow calls out Gerwig who she says referred to Allen as her "idol".

Allen, now 82, has continued to work in Hollywood, releasing a six-part television series with Amazon last year and directing this year's film Wonder Wheel, which stars Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi and Justin Timberlake.

In a new op-ed for The Los Angeles Times, Woody Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, asks why Allen - who she alleges sexually assaulted her when she was 7 - hasn't been held accountable like other powerful men including Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. The one major change to the Lang story line is the addition of Humpty's grown daughter, Carolina (Juno Temple), who arrives at the start of the film, fleeing from her unseen mobster husband.

Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price before he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations?

"In this deliberately created fog, A-list actors agree to appear in Allen's films and journalists tend to avoid the subject", she added.

Farrow then provided examples of actors who she believes have condemned Weinstein, but praised Allen.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Winslet jokingly said about Allen: "I think on some level Woody is a woman". As far as I know, he wasn't convicted of anything.

And the film pounds away at its metaphors: you get the carousel going round and round and the Wonder Wheel ride outside the family's apartment spinning endlessly.

Dylan writes, "It breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen, then refuse to answer questions about it". Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person. In 2016, Café Society featured a clandestine affair between a middle-aged movie mogul and the young secretary who eventually becomes his wife.

In fact, it's this very dogged familiarity that ultimately dooms "Wonder Wheel", the innovative cinematography and dynamic visual flourishes squandered in the service of Allen's exhausted, predictable peccadilloes. "And I was in that film with Ellen Page, who wrote something very lovely recently and very strong and thoughtful recently". "I think I'm living in that space of fear of being anxious about how I talk about it and what I say". Winslet got a shout-out specifically, as Farrow compared comments she made about Allen with those made about Harvey Weinstein. In November, Ellen Page wrote an essay stating that working with Allen on "To Rome With Love" was the "biggest regret" of her career.

Allen has denied the allegations. In Allen's mind, is the kid Ronan Farrow? Also, Allen wasn't convicted because of an acquittal; instead, as Farrow stated in her op-ed, the CT state prosecutor had "probable cause" to try the case in 1993, but opted to spare a "child victim" the trauma of a trial.

Ultimately, Dylan wants everyone to be aware that while the "system" worked for Harvey Weinstein and other men for decades but eventually crashed, it's still working for Allen today - he's even now shooting a new film with no disruptions, and has said in the past that he's "moved so far past" the allegations made against him.

There's a priceless bit in "Annie Hall" where Woody Allen's Alvy Singer attributes his nervous disposition to growing up underneath the roller coaster at Coney Island, followed by a hilarious insert shot of young Alvy trying to eat soup as the house shakes to its foundations.

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