On the finish of Episode 1 of “Allen v. Farrow,” the HBO documentary collection that investigates the decades-old sexual abuse accusations by Woody Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, the household has simply began to deal with the revelation that Mr. Allen and Quickly-Yi Previn have been concerned in a secret relationship.
In January 1992, Mia Farrow, Ms. Previn’s mom and Mr. Allen’s girlfriend, found nude images of Ms. Previn, who was then in school, at Mr. Allen’s condo.
The second episode examines the fallout from that discovery and Dylan Farrow’s allegations that her father sexually assaulted her in August 1992, when she was 7 years previous.
After the primary episode premiered, a spokesperson for Mr. Allen and Ms. Previn, who’ve been married for greater than 20 years, released a statement saying the collection was “riddled with falsehoods” and suggesting that the filmmakers didn’t give them ample discover to reply to it. The writer of Mr. Allen’s latest memoir, “Apropos of Nothing,” additionally objected to the inclusion of snippets from the audiobook, which it says have been used with out permission.
The filmmakers stated in an announcement on Wednesday that Mr. Allen and Ms. Previn have been approached in December and got two weeks to substantiate their curiosity in an on- or off-camera interview. A consultant confirmed that that they had obtained the request however didn’t reply to it, the assertion stated.
Mr. Allen has denied ever having been sexually inappropriate or abusive towards Dylan Farrow.
Here’s what we noticed on Sunday evening, in Episode 2.
A fixation on a sure sort of romance
This episode, utilizing interviews with journalists and clips from Mr. Allen’s movies, explores Mr. Allen’s give attention to romantic relationships between older males and youthful girls.
Along with the movies with that theme which were produced (“Husbands and Wives,” “September”), the episode considers people who didn’t make it to the display screen and that reside within the Woody Allen archive at Princeton College. The archive accommodates a number of variations of movie scripts and pages of concepts with notes within the margins. Richard Morgan, a contract journalist who examined the archive for The Washington Post, stated within the documentary that it reveals a “focus” on “very younger girls.”
The episode contains an interview with Christina Engelhardt, a lady who says she began a relationship with Mr. Allen when she was 17 years previous and he was in his early 40s. Ms. Engelhardt, who was a mannequin as a young person, stated she believes their relationship was the premise for “Manhattan,” Mr. Allen’s acclaimed 1979 movie that facilities on a romance between a highschool lady and a person — performed by Mr. Allen — who’s older than her father.
She says in an interview with the filmmakers that her relationship with Mr. Allen, which she stated lasted till she was 23, has “taken a toll” on her, affecting her later relationships. She says the expertise additionally made her a “supervigilant mom.”
The aftermath of the images
After Ms. Farrow discovers the nude Polaroids of Ms. Previn, the household is in shock. Daisy Previn, one among Ms. Farrow’s daughters, recounts how she informed her sister, Quickly-Yi, that she ought to come again to the household — that their mom would forgive her — and the way Quickly-Yi went in one other route, to Mr. Allen.
Ms. Farrow remembers a second that she was “not proud” of from round this time: She discovered Quickly-Yi speaking to somebody on the telephone and, assuming it was Mr. Allen, Ms. Farrow stated she “pounced on her,” slapping Quickly-Yi on the aspect of the face and the shoulder. (In 2014, Moses Farrow, Mia and Woody’s son, informed Folks journal that his mom bullied the youngsters and hit him. Moses, who has sided together with his father in saying that he doesn’t consider that Dylan was molested, has not participated within the docuseries.)
A part of a taped telephone dialog between Ms. Farrow and Mr. Allen from the summer time of 1992 is included within the episode. Ms. Farrow says she determined to document it as a result of she thought Mr. Allen had already taped one among their telephone calls. Within the dialog, Ms. Farrow and Mr. Allen argue about what they need to say to the media if his relationship with Ms. Previn turns into public.
Fletcher Previn, one among Ms. Farrow’s older kids, tells the filmmakers that in this time, his opinion of Mr. Allen shifted dramatically.
“He went from a father determine to an individual who’s a predator that we now have to maintain out of the home and defend ourselves from,” Mr. Previn stated.
Aug. 4, 1992
Amid this chaos, the household went to their Connecticut nation home, and regardless of the rift between Ms. Farrow and Mr. Allen, he had a authorized proper to see Dylan and Moses Farrow as a result of he had adopted them in 1991.
The episodes embody a combination of interviews and court docket testimony from those that have been current on Aug. 4, 1992, the day that Dylan Farrow says her father assaulted her. Mia Farrow had gone to the shop with Casey Pascal, a household buddy whose kids and babysitter have been on the home that day. Sophie Bergé, a French tutor staying with the household that summer time, stated that Mr. Allen arrived whereas they have been operating errands.
On that day, there have been about 20 minutes throughout which Dylan Farrow couldn’t be discovered, in keeping with 1993 testimony within the custody case from Kristi Groteke, the babysitter for the Farrow kids. Ms. Groteke stated in court docket that she seemed for Dylan all through the home however couldn’t discover her.
When Ms. Farrow and Ms. Pascal returned residence, Ms. Farrow stated, she observed that Dylan was not carrying underpants and requested her babysitter to get a brand new pair.
The day after
On Aug. 5, Ms. Pascal stated that she referred to as Ms. Farrow to inform her that the Pascals’ babysitter, Alison Stickland, had witnessed one thing that disturbed her: Dylan Farrow sitting on the sofa, with Mr. Allen, on his knees, his head buried in his daughter’s lap.
Ms. Farrow tells the filmmakers that when she requested her daughter what had occurred, Dylan confirmed that Mr. Allen had put his head in her lap and that he had additionally taken her as much as the attic and touched her “privates.” Ms. Farrow says she determined to movie her daughter’s account as a result of she needed to inform Dylan’s therapist, who was away for the summer time.
That footage, which is being proven publicly for the primary time on this collection, later turned the topic of controversy: Some thought it was clear proof that Dylan Farrow was telling the reality, whereas others noticed it as proof that Ms. Farrow had coached her daughter on what to say.
Within the video, Dylan Farrow says that within the attic, her father informed her, “Don’t transfer, I’ve to do that,” and that if she stayed nonetheless, they might go on a visit to Paris.
Dylan Farrow, now 35 years previous, says within the documentary she remembers that in the course of the assault, she targeted her consideration on her brother’s prepare set.