At the end of Episode 1 of “Allen v. Farrow, ”the HBO documentary series that investigates decades-old sexual abuse accusations of Woody Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, the family has just begun to face the revelation that Mr. Allen and Soon- Yi Previn were involved in a secret relationship.
In January 1992, Mia Farrow, Mrs Previn’s mother and Mr Allen’s girlfriend, discovered nude photos of Ms Previn, who was then in college, in Mr Allen’s apartment.
The second episode examines the fallout from this discovery and Dylan Farrow’s claims that her father sexually assaulted her in August 1992, when she was 7 years old.
After the premiere of the first episode, a spokesperson for Mr Allen and Ms Previn, who have been married for over 20 years, released a statement saying the show was “riddled with lies” and suggesting that the filmmakers did not have them. given sufficient notice. to answer. The publisher of Mr. Allen’s recent memoir, “Apropos of Nothing,” also objected to the inclusion of excerpts from the audiobook, which he said were used without permission.
The filmmakers said in a statement Wednesday that Mr. Allen and Ms. Previn were approached in December and had two weeks to confirm their interest in an on or off camera interview. A representative confirmed receiving the request but did not respond, the statement said.
Mr. Allen has denied ever having been sexually inappropriate or abusive towards Dylan Farrow.
Here’s what we saw on Sunday night, in Episode 2.
A fixation on some kind of romance
This episode, using interviews with reporters and clips from Mr. Allen’s films, explores Mr. Allen’s attention to the romantic relationships between older men and younger women.
In addition to the films with this theme that have been produced (“Husbands and Wives”, “September”), the episode takes into account those which did not make it to the screen and which reside in the archives of Woody Allen at the ‘Princeton University. The archive contains several versions of film scripts and idea pages with notes in the margins. Richard Morgan, a freelance reporter who has examined the Washington Post archives, said in the documentary that this reveals a “focus” on “very young women.”
The episode includes an interview with Christina Engelhardt, a woman who says she started a relationship with Mr. Allen when she was 17 and in his early 40s. Ms Engelhardt, who was a model as a teenager, said she believed their relationship was the basis of ‘Manhattan’, Mr Allen’s acclaimed 1979 film, which centers on a romance between a high school student and a man – played by Mr. Allen – who is older than his father.
She says in an interview with the filmmakers that her relationship with Mr. Allen, which she said lasted until the age of 23, “wreaked havoc” on her, affecting her subsequent relationship. She says the experience also made her a “watchful mother.”
After Ms Farrow finds out about Ms Previn’s nude Polaroids, the family is in shock. Daisy Previn, one of Mrs. Farrow daughters, recounts how she told her sister, Soon-Yi, that she needed to come back to the family – that their mother would forgive her – and how Soon-Yi went in another direction, to Mr. Allen.
Ms Farrow recalls a moment she was “not proud” of during this time: she found Soon-Yi talking to someone on the phone and, assuming it was Mr. Allen, Mrs. Farrow said she “jumped on it.” slapping Soon-Yi on the side of the face and on the shoulder. (In 2014, Moses Farrow, Mia and Woody’s son, told People magazine that his mother bullied the children and hit him. Moses, who sided with his father in saying he did not did not believe Dylan had been assaulted, did not participate in the docuseries.)
A portion of a recorded telephone conversation between Ms. Farrow and Mr. Allen from the summer of 1992 is included in the episode. Ms Farrow says she decided to tape it because she believed Mr Allen had already recorded one of their phone calls. During the conversation, Ms Farrow and Mr Allen discuss what they should tell the media if his relationship with Ms Previn becomes public.
Fletcher Previn, one of Ms. Farrow’s older children, tells filmmakers that during this time her opinion of Mr. Allen changed dramatically.
“He went from being a father figure to being a predator that we need to keep out of the house and protect ourselves,” Mr. Previn said.
Aug 4, 1992
Amid this chaos, the family drove to their Connecticut country home, and despite the split between Ms Farrow and Mr Allen, he had the legal right to see Dylan and Moses Farrow because he had adopted them. in 1991.
The episodes include a mix of interviews and court testimony from those present on August 4, 1992, the day Dylan Farrow says her father assaulted her. Mia Farrow had gone to the store with Casey Pascal, a family friend whose children and babysitter were at home that day. Sophie Bergé, a French tutor staying with the family that summer, said Mr Allen arrived while they were shopping.
On that day, there were about 20 minutes that Dylan Farrow could not be found, according to 1993 testimony in the custody case of Kristi Groteke, the babysitter of the Farrow children. Ms Groteke told the court she searched the whole house for Dylan but couldn’t find her.
When Ms Farrow and Ms Pascal returned home, Ms Farrow said she noticed Dylan was not wearing any underwear and asked her babysitter to buy a new pair.
The next day
On August 5, Ms Pascal said she called Ms Farrow to tell her that the Pascals’ babysitter Alison Stickland had witnessed something bothering her: Dylan Farrow sitting on the couch, with Mr. Allen kneeling, his head buried in his daughter’s lap.
Ms Farrow tells the filmmakers that when she asked her daughter what had happened, Dylan confirmed that Mr Allen put his head on his knees and he also took her to the attic and touched her ” private parts”. Ms Farrow says she decided to film her daughter’s story because she wanted to talk to Dylan’s therapist, who was away for the summer.
This sequence, which is shown publicly for the first time in this series, later became the subject of controversy: some thought it was clear proof that Dylan Farrow was telling the truth, while others saw it as proof that Mrs. Farrow had trained her. girl on what to say.
In the video, Dylan Farrow says that in the attic, her father told her, “Don’t move, I have to do this,” and that if she stood still, they could go on a trip to Paris.
Dylan Farrow, now 35, says in the documentary that she remembers during the assault she focused her attention on her brother’s train.