Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel uncomfortably parallels his personal history

Woody Allen & Louis C.K

Woody Allen & Louis C.K

Dylan Farrow wants to know why her adoptive father, Woody Allen, has been spared.

But her defense of the controversial director has earned her critics - including Allen's own daughter Dylan Farrow, who alleged in 2014 that he sexually assaulted her starting when she was 7 years old. "He then sexually assaulted me", Dylan writes. "I told the truth to the authorities then, and I have been telling it, unaltered, for more than 20 years", she wrote.

"It is a testament to Allen's public relations team and his lawyers that few know these simple facts", she wrote. You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. "Three eyewitnesses substantiated my account, including a babysitter who saw Allen with his head buried in my lap after he had taken off my underwear".

Back in 1993, sexual misconduct allegations emerged after Allen's split with Mia Farrow as he was accused of abusing their adopted daughter Dylan when she was seven. Although a CT state's attorney in 1993 said he had "probable cause" to prosecute Allen, he ultimately did not file charges, choosing to spare the young girl of "the trauma of a court appearance", according to the New York Times.

"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".

Farrow said Allen refused to take a polygraph. They live in a small place alongside the film's namesake, the Coney Island ride named the Wonder Wheel.

In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, Farrow wondered why the filmmaker appears to be sheltered from the storm of accusations hitting others.

Woody Allen and Soon Yi Previn
Woody Allen and wife Soon Yi Previn attend the after party for the"Cafe Society premiere in July 2016 in New York City

Now, in the midst of the Weinstein allegations, Farrow is once again sticking to her story and shaming Hollywood for overlooking Allen, but condemning Harvey Weinstein. Also, "Wonder Wheel" would be ever so much tastier if Allen had access to a more effectively ferocious Humpty, say the likes of the late James Gandolfini, or if loverboy lifeguard Mickey were given the sexy intonations of Allen regular Jesse Eisenberg.

One of the film's actors, Justin Timberlake, spoke at Wednesday's Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment breakfast. She's been having a secret affair with callow lifeguard Mickey Rubin (Justin Timberlake), a former G.I. turned Greenwich Village hipster who aspires to be a playwright and over-enthusiastically narrates our sad story, occasionally pausing to apologize for his more melodramatic flourishes.

Written and Directed by Woody Allen. That title belongs to Winslet, whose shrill, over-the-top hysteria belongs more on stage, where you need to project, than on film. "I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men and that's the truth". "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".

In the wake of numerous women coming forward against Weinstein, many other prominent men in entertainment and media have been accused of sexual misconduct. "It is also our collective choice to see simple situations as complicated and obvious conclusions as a matter of "who can say"?"

Ronan was instrumental in bringing the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to light, interviewing 13 women who alleged he had harassed or attacked them.

Too bad the screenplay's all stuff plucked from Woody's recycling bin, including not one but two instances of the old Allen standby in which the manly stud gives flighty women books to read.

If she were surrounded by a better movie, there'd be much to talk about in Winslet's performance: how her voice gets subtly, endearingly higher during a drunk scene; how you can see hope drain from her face as if a plug suddenly were pulled; how she valiantly nearly sells a line like, "I hate it, this whole honky-tonk fairyland".


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