Monday, 11 December, 2017

Kate Winslet says Woody Allen is 'on some level a woman'

Movie Review – Wonder Wheel (2017) Ups and Downs with Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel
Nellie Chapman | 08 December, 2017, 08:13

It appears that Kate Winslet isn't trying to rock the boat in her ongoing Oscar campaign for her role in Woody Allen's "Wonder Wheel".

"I think on some level Woody is a woman", Winslet joked to the Sydney Morning Herald. Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person. "He understands the female characters he creates exceptionally well".

She continued, "His female characters are always so rich and large and honest in terms of how they're feeling and he just knows how to write dialogue for them to communicate all that".

In an op-ed published by the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, Woody Allen's daughter Dylan Farrow called out Hollywood stars like Kate Winslet, Blake Lively, and Greta Gerwig for working with Allen amid Farrow's accusations that the 82-year-old filmmaker molested her as a child in 1992.

We've never discussed separating the artist from the art as much as we have this year, but for just a moment let's take a look at Woody Allen's "Wonder Wheel" as if Allen's reputation was unsullied, with not even a hint of scandal.

In an op-ed piece for the LA Times, Farrow is questioning why the trending movement, "me too" is seemingly overlooking Allen who she has accused of sexual misconduct for decades. I don't know his family. (It felt more like bad Arthur Miller to me, maybe "A View from the Ferris Wheel?") There's a generous reading of the movie going around suggesting that this all might be an intentionally lousy play penned by our novice narrator, but I'm not buying it. "I told the truth to the authorities then, and I have been telling it, unaltered, for more than 20 years", she wrote. "That's all I can say", she added.

"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".

From his start in stand-up through his many on-screen appearances as a comic alter ego, Allen has always flirted with autobiography in his work, teasing an audience with the notion that at least some of this might be true.

Winslet was asked about those allegations by the Los Angeles Times last month but was skittish with her answer.

Farrow, whose brother Ronan investigated and reported on Weinstein's history of alleged sexual misconduct for The New Yorker, says that when she was 7, Allen led her to an attic where he sexually assaulted her. "I could [only] know my experience". The filmmaker received backlash for engaging in a relationship with his other adoptive daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. They live in a small place alongside the film's namesake, the Coney Island ride named the Wonder Wheel.

The director Wednesday Soon-Yi Previn in 1997, a union that also garnered controversy, as Previn is the adopted daughter of Allen's ex-wife Mia Farrow.

Allen makes Mickey's version of events increasingly unreliable.

"Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price before he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations?" Farrow also wrote that a CT prosecutor announced at the time that he had probable cause to charge Allen for a crime, but ultimately declined in order to prevent an "exhausting" trial for the then-young Farrow.

Allen himself weighed in on the allegations against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in October, calling the dozens of claims against Weinstein "tragic for the poor women that were involved".

Mickey also mentions during the opening that Coney Island has slowly begun to become a seedier destination, but one can't help but feel he must be in his own beachside paradise as sensuality, wisdom, and broken marriages reveal their wear and tear, in turn, placing him in a complex love triangle.