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08 December 2017, 09:40 | Erica Roy
Movie Review – Wonder Wheel (2017)
In a Los Angeles Times Op-Ed Thursday, Dylan Farrow is asking why the spotlight that's fallen on other Hollywood men accused of sexual assault hasn't been focused on her adoptive father, actor-filmmaker Woody Allen.
Although Winslet praises Allen, she has publicly spoken out against alleged sexual harassers like Harvey Weinstein.
"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", Farrow writes.
"Discussing Weinstein, "Wonder Wheel" star Kate Winslet said, 'The fact that these women are starting to speak out about the gross misconduct of one of our most important and well-regarded film producers, is incredibly courageous and has been deeply shocking to hear.' Of Allen, she said 'I didn't know Woody and I don't know anything about that family".
Allen has denied these claims for years but Dylan explained: 'But this is not a "he said, child said" situation. In a November interview with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air, Gerwig said in response to a question about Allen: "I think I'm living in that space of fear of being anxious about how I talk about it and what I say". In the end, when a fluttery, whiskey-soaked Ginny (in full Blanche DuBois mode) barks, "Oh God, spare me the bad drama", you'll think: from her lips to Woody's ears. Discussions will ensue over Allen's overtly misogynistic treatment and language towards his female characters.
She continued, "His female characters are always so rich and large and honest in terms of how they're feeling and he just knows how to write dialogue for them to communicate all that".
Although Farrow is clearly frustrated with the inconsistencies in how contemporary Allen stars address the controversy associated with the director, she assigns some of the blame to the his powerful PR machine, which she says tends to deny access to journalists who intend to ask Allen hard questions. "It meant the world to me when Ellen Page said she regretted working with Allen, and when actresses Jessica Chastain and Susan Sarandon told the world why they never would".
"I have long maintained that when I was seven years old, Woody Allen led me into an attic, away from the babysitters who had been instructed never to leave me alone with him". Allen's savvy affiliates know that it's unseemly to direct attacks at me, an alleged victim, and so the invective is directed at my mother again and again. I'm an actor; he's a director. I don't know his family. I know as much as you do. I was cracking. I had to say something.
Allen had no comment on Dylan Farrow's op-ed, but his representative Leslee Dart did release the following statement to EW: "Dylan Farrow's allegations against Woody Allen, which she first made 25 years ago, have been thoroughly examined by law enforcement officials and child welfare investigators".
The deliberately stagy "Wonder Wheel" jams these characters into that cramped apartment with the insane colors blasting in from outside, piling them all onto one another's last nerves for long, blowsy theatrical arguments while Mickey makes self-conscious references to Eugene O'Neill.
Moved on: Mia Farrow had split with the famed director after having discovered he was having an affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. No charges were ever filed, and the reason is simple: "because Woody Allen is innocent". He has always vehemently denied the claims. Farrow also says Allen used similar tactics as Weinstein to cover up his behavior.
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