A brand new documentary sequence premiering Sunday on the HBO community, Allen v. Farrow, paints a damning image of Oscar-winning director Woody Allen, notably relating to his alleged sexual abuse of younger adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow.
Even when the four-part sequence comprises no main revelations, it appears sure to additional sully the already battered popularity of the growing old New York filmmaker.
Revered documentary administrators Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering delve into Allen’s previous, utilizing testimony and authorized paperwork — some not beforehand seen — to dig deeper than anybody earlier than them.
Dylan Farrow has accused Allen of sexually abusing her in August 1992, when she was solely seven years outdated — an allegation he has at all times denied.
The documentary attracts a line between the alleged abuse of Dylan and Allen’s relationship with the adoptive daughter of his then-partner Mia Farrow, Quickly-Yi Previn, who’s now his spouse.
Extra usually, the sequence examines his attraction to younger women. The documentary cites court docket paperwork and testimony indicating that Allen had sexual relations with Quickly-Yi whereas she was a minor.
Sixteen after they met, she is now 50; Allen is 35 years her senior.
On prime of these disturbing parts, Allen v. Farrow particulars Allen’s supposed penchant for manipulation — specifically of the press — as he sought to undercut the damaging accusations and discredit Mia Farrow.
The movie strongly implies that he might need efficiently derailed the 2 official investigations into the matter, neither of which resulted in prices being filed.
Extra broadly, the documentary denounces the pre-#MeToo tradition of male dominance, which allowed highly effective males in present enterprise and different fields to abuse their positions with impunity, generally with the complete data of others of their skilled circles.
Allen v. Farrow may have explicit resonance in France, the place it is going to be broadcast subsequent month on the OCS community amid a latest sequence of allegations of incest involving a number of public figures.
The movie additionally charts the way in which Allan Konigsberg — Woody Allen’s actual title — continued to get pleasure from seemingly unshakable help from many within the cinema world whilst Farrow misplaced out on roles and, she mentioned, grew to become persona non grata in Hollywood.
It was solely in 2017, following the publication of an op-ed article by Dylan Farrow and with the very public help of her brother Ronan — a journalist and early hero of the #MeToo motion — that actors and actresses started to show their backs on the octogenarian director, who stays remoted right this moment.
To filmmaker Dick, the message of the documentary reaches far past Allen, although it bears his title. “It’s really not about him,” Dick informed the Washington Publish.
“It’s more about the systemic,” added Ziering. “This film is about complicity, the power of celebrity, the power of spin, how we all are viral and will believe something that’s repeated enough.”
Allen v. Farrow additionally examines Dylan Farrow, who opens up as by no means earlier than and who, almost 30 years later, nonetheless reveals indicators of deep trauma.
“There’s so much misinformation… so many lies,” she mentioned. “I’ve been subjected to every kind of doubt, every kind of scrutiny and every kind of humiliation,” whereas her father “was able to just run amok.”
One main absence looms over the 4 hours of the sequence because it assembles its cruel indictment — that of Allen himself, although it does embrace extracts from his 2020 autobiography “Apropos of Nothing,” learn by the director for the audiobook.
Nobody involves Allen’s protection, not even spouse Quickly-Yi or adoptive son Moses, each of whom have defended him up to now however refused to participate within the documentary.
“I think a lot of people, when they see this — even people who right now are defending Woody Allen — I think they will either change their mind or examine things in a much different way,” mentioned Dick.