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Review: 'Allen v. Farrow' renews questions about Woody Allen, and separating art from the artist

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Woody Allen didn't cooperate with "Allen v. Farrow," a four-part HBO docuseries that goes beyond tabloid headlines in examining the director's relationship with Mia Farrow and sexual-assault allegations by their daughter Dylan. Extensive access to the Farrows makes this an intimate look at that history, while renewing questions about separating art from the artist and Hollywood's embrace of problematic figures.

The docuseries underscores how coverage at the time -- focusing on Allen's affair with Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn -- only told part of the story.

Dylan was seven when the alleged assault happened in 1992, and "Allen v.

Farrow" exposes the bruising legal and public-relations battle that ensued -- including the bare-knuckled tactics the normally press-shy Allen and those working on his behalf employed.

Allen's contention was, and remains, that the "scorned" Farrow coached or cajoled Dylan to level accusations against him -- referred to as "parental alienation" in psychiatric terms -- as retaliation for his betrayal with Soon-Yi. Dylan, meanwhile, discusses finding the resolve to speak publicly, from her essay asking how the world could continue celebrating Allen to saying, "I'm tired of not being believed. "

In her interviews, Mia Farrow says she didn't want to believe the worst about Allen and could understand the skepticism of some fans.

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