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Did Woody Allen show a Dylan Farrow ‘obsession’ in one of his masterpieces?


The first episode of “Allen vs. Farrow” starts to build its case that Woody Allen molested his 7-year-old daughter, Dylan Farrow, in 1992, using the words of the now-adult Dylan, her mother, Mia Farrow, and others who describe Allen’s “smothering” and allegedly sexualized obsession with her as a little girl.

Woody Allen and his children, Dylan Farrow and Ronan Farrow. (Courtesy of HBO) 

“Every time he showed up, it was like a magnet, he’d come straight at me,” Dylan Farrow said in the four-part HBO documentary. “It was intense affection all the time. … I was always in his clutches. He was always hunting me.”

Allen, 84, has long denied that he molested Dylan Farrow, 37, or otherwise acted inappropriately with her, but he definitely showed his adoration of her in several films he made in the late 1980s, notably in “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” his chillingly dark comedy about morality and murder. Many critics list “Crimes and Misdemeanors” as one of the filmmaker’s masterpieces and regularly name it among his top five films, along with “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan” and “Hannah and Her Sisters.”

Dylan Farrow was 3 or 4 years old in “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” which was released in October 1989. She appears in a wedding scene at the end of the film, playing a little flower girl in a pink dress, looking at bridal gifts and sneaking frosting off the cake.

Dylan’s time on screen is brief, but she’s hard to miss. Among other things, she has the curly blond hair that Allen specifically told Mia Farrow he wanted in a daughter, according to the documentary.

Dylan Farrow in “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” Woody Allen’s 1989 dark comedy about morality and murder (Screen capture) 

Dylan also makes and impression in the way she’s singled out. In a film crowded with storylines and favorite Allen stars, including Mia Farrow, Martin Laundau, Alan Alda, Jerry Orbach, Angelica Huston and Sam Waterston, Allen makes a point of devoting a few moments to Dylan. The camera captures her face, smiling, laughing and delighted.

Allen also cast Dylan in two other films from that period, including when she played Mia Farrow’s daughter in the 1990 romantic comedy “Alice.” Several years earlier, Dylan’s siblings appeared in Thanksgiving family scenes in “Hannah and Her Sisters” in 1986. That includes a young Soon-Yi Previn and Moses Farrow, whom Mia Farrow adopted from South Korea in 1977 and 1980, respectively.

As with Dylan, Allen adopted Moses Farrow in 1991. Meanwhile, Allen began an affair with Soon-Yi, which Mia Farrow discovered in January 1992. Mia Farrow’s discovery of Allen’s affair with her college freshman daughter ignited a custody battle, during which Dylan accused Allen of molesting her.

Photo by Globe Photos/mediapunch/ShutterstockWoody Allen, Mia Farrow and their family, including Dylan Farrow, Soon-Yi Previn and Moses Farrow. 

Allen refused to be interviewed for “Allen vs. Farrow,” but he and Soon-Yi Previn, whom he married in 1997, issued a statement as the first episode premiered Sunday night. The statement emphasized: “No abuse ever took place.”

“These documentarians had no interest in the truth,” the statement …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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