Guilty (Television Thoughts: Allen v Farrow, Episode 2, HBO)

Watching Episode 2 makes it effectively clear Woody Allen’s guilt. This episode presents mostly Mia Farrow’s case concisely, with more than enough evidence to back her claims. Allen’s side is obviously unrepresented, but then you ask, what can he say?

I remember watching ‘Manhattan’ as a teenager and being enamored by the film. To be honest, I did not even think twice about the age gap between Allen and Mariel Hemingway’s characters. I don’t know if I could ever go back with that lens if I ever saw this movie again. The documentary explains how in most of all of Allen’s films there is always a relationship between an older male and a younger female. It does seem like he may want us to normalize that behavior. I still feel queasy about Allen’s relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, and thsi episode just more than highlight that.

But the most damning piece in this episode? The video of Dylan Farrow as a child telling Mia that her father touched her private parts. In my opinion, there is just no way a kid that age would lie. I said to myself, wow, he’s guilty.

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