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

08 December 2017

In the article titled "Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?".

Wonder Wheel, maybe Woody Allen's most glorious-looking film since Manhattan, is an idealized dream-memory of Coney Island's amusement park just after World War II. It's Alvy's childhood all over again, except this time the film is supposed to be a drama.

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Woody Allen is known for his stupendous portrayal of cities, and "Wonder Wheel" is no exception.

She also blasts the many high profile stars that continue to work on her estranged father's films.

'As far as I know, he wasn't convicted of anything. I know as much as you do. She's the unhappy wife of Coney Island carousel operator Humpty (Jim Belushi) and mother of a pre-adolescent (Jack Gore) from a previous marriage, who sets fires for fun.

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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.

You can read Farrow's full op-ed over at the Los Angeles Times' website.

With a shroud of controversy surrounding the film's famous director, a highly capable cast of mostly solid performances, and a bleak story arch, Wonder Wheel has more than enough spokes for any filmgoer to get caught up in and taken for a ride. "Now I see rain through your eyes, and it's lovely", Ginny tells her lover, and, seriously, who can blame Winslet for not moving us with a line like that? Belushi broods and thunders capably, though he's stuck playing Arthur Miller's Fred Flintstone. Timberlake flounders, the natural born showman desperately trying to oversell every bum line, while Temple slyly underplays and comes out as the only performer not drenched in flop sweat by the end. A subplot concerning Ginny and Humpty's bratty son Richie (Jack Gore), who sets fires up and down the beach - and in the office of his psychiatrist - only makes matters worse, given that it serves no narrative objective save to underscore Allen's theme of risky, all-consuming desire. Vocal Hall of Fame inductees (1998) The Mills Brothers chip in with "Coney Island Washboard", a song that coincides with numerous picture's early transitions until it gradually gives way to Vaughn Monroe's 1949 cover of "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" for the last third of the film. He uses more green screens than a "Star Wars" movie, framing this small, sordid tale within massive, postcard-perfect vistas, the tacky falseness of the images commenting on the rottenness at the core of surface nostalgia.

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Dylan accused Allen of molesting her in a letter published in The New York Times in 2014, the year Allen was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. On Tuesday, Time magazine named "The Silence Breakers" as its 2017 Person of the Year, recognising the women (and some men) who came forward with stories of sexual abuse. (His idea of courtship always involves assigning homework.) There are plenty of exhausted riffs on the role of chance in a godless universe, and the lack of divine consequences for those who trespass. No charges were ever filed, and the reason is simple: "because Woody Allen is innocent". Timberlake, gurning to camera, is the narrator-cum-hero of Wonder Wheel, and spends much of the first half poking his face down the lens like a middle-aged Ferris Bueller. "It breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen, then refuse to answer questions about it", she wrote. There are no bombshells or confessions here. "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".

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