Woody & Soon-Yi: A True Love Story

U.S. director Woody Allen (R) holds his daughter Manzie Tio as his wife Soon-Yi Previn (2nd L) carri..

[I wrote this post one day before the publication of Soon-Yi’s honest conversations with Daphne Merkin. I would like to thank Daphne Merkin for writing such a powerful article. It isn’t easy to be courageous nowadays, with social media mobs and witch-hunts. To Soon-Yi: All my respect to you. Thank you so much for your courage.]

I am a huge fan of Woody Allen. I love all of his movies. I think he’s one of the best film makers of all times. His art really makes life better.

Nowadays we’re living in a crazy reality in which the internet lynch mob judges and condemns, professional investigations and testimonies don’t count, and everybody stays silent when confronted by injustices. Hypocrisy and opportunism are really fashionable these days.

I’ve never been interested in gossip. I’ve never cared much about the personal life of the artist, since art and life don’t go together (anybody who creates and enjoys art knows this). But when an artist like Woody (who has worked with more than 200 actresses for over 50 years and never ever had any complaint from any of them) is wrongly accused it makes me furious, especially since the accusations are done by the herd, the social media mob and a few sinking movements.

I strongly believe that beneath Dylan Farrow’s crocodile tears there is something that triggers people. And that’s Woody and Soon-Yi’s love story. Because, let’s be frank, that’s why some people believe Dylan Farrow’s inconsistent and ridiculous accusations.

The internet lynch mob doesn’t think. It feels. For the herd it does not matter that Dylan’s story is full of inconsistencies, and that these inconsistencies have been supported by the powerful statement of Moses Farrow. For the herd it also does not matter that dr. John M. Leventhal concluded that Dylan either invented the story or that this fantasy was planted in Dylan’s mind by Mia Farrow. It also does not matter that the New York State child welfare investigators dropped their inquiry saying they considered the accusation against Woody Allen unfounded, stating: “No credible evidence was found that the child named in this report has been abused or maltreated”. For the herd it does not matter that Farrow’s nanny told Woody Allen’s lawyers that Mia Farrow pressured her to support molestation accusations against him. And it also does not matter that the Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Child Sexual Abuse Clinic Evaluation of Dylan Farrow concluded that Dylan was not sexually abused: “It is our expert opinion that Dylan was not sexually abused by Mr. Allen” (that report has surprisingly disappeared from the net). There was never a trial against Woody, since the accusations were found unfounded. But none of this matters, because the internet lynch mob does not think. What matters here is that the social media mob feels disgusted with Woody and Soon-Yi’s affair. Ignorant people (in other words: the vast majority of people that condemn Woody) always link the two issues.

That’s why I think that maybe it’s time to talk about Woody and Soon-Yi’s love story.

I’ll try to make it short because we live in a moment where people can’t stay concentrated for more than 5 minutes reading.

Let me start by saying that Woody and Soon-Yi have been together for 27 years. They have adopted two girls (Bechet and Manzie) and have formed a stable and beautiful family. Have this in mind when you read the following.

Every day I waste my time reading stupid comments written by stupid people that still argue that Soon-Yi is either Woody’s daughter or was Woody’s stepdaughter, that Woody and Mia Farrow were married or that Woody and Mia Farrow lived together. Well, none of this is true.

Since internet readers like lists, here’s an important one:

I. Soon-Yi is neither Woody’s daughter nor Woody’s step-daughter. She is the adoptive daughter of André Previn and Mia Farrow. Mia Farrow loved to collect children like stamps and adopted 10 children with different boyfriends and husbands. One of these 10 adopted children was Soon-Yi. Mia Farrow does not talk to her for 26 years.

II. Woody and Mia Farrow never married. They were together for 12 years, but never married. So, Soon-Yi was never Woody’s stepdaughter. The most surprising fact is that Woody didn’t sleep even once at Mia Farrow’s house in those 12 years. When Woody and Soon-Yi fell in love, Mia Farrow and Woody had ended their love relationship and were just friends. In Soon-Yi’s own words:

“Please don’t try and dramatize my relationship with Woody Allen. He was never any kind of father figure to me. I never had any dealings with him. He rarely came to our apartment before his own children were born. Even then, he never spoke and the truth is I never cared that much for him. He was always preoccupied with work and never talked to me. Not really to any of us. Only when Dylan was born did he start visiting regularly and then only to play with the baby. My own father is Andre Previn, who came to visit pretty often and took us all out frequently. When I first got friendly with Woody, he and Mia were finished with their romance and were just friends. I think Mia would have been just as angry if he had taken up with another actress or his secretary”, Soon-Yi, 1992

III. Woody saved Soon-Yi. Both Moses and Soon-Yi have stated that Mia Farrow was an abusive adoptive mother, who used to beat and frighten many of her adoptive children. The following horrifying statements give us a clear picture of the true Mia Farrow:

“Mia was always very hot-tempered and given to rages which terrified all the kids (…) It’s true Mia was violent with me and I have conclusive proof”, Soon-Yi

“[Mia] had a fierce temper. On one occasion, she kicked me and hit me again and again with the phone. She was always physical and violent with us” Soon-Yi

“[Mia] hit me uncontrollably all over my body. She slapped me, pushed me back and hit me on my chest (…) I was defeated, deflated, and beaten down” Moses Farrow

“As a young child, I was given a new pair of jeans. I thought they would look cool if I cut off a couple of the belt loops. When my mother found I had done this, she spanked me repeatedly—as was her way—and had me remove all my clothes saying, ‘You’re not deserving of any clothes.’ Then she had me stand naked in the corner of her room” Moses Farrow

Let’s not forget that Mia Farrow has 4 biological children and 10 adopted children. The lucky fathers are André Previn (3 children) and possibly Frank Sinatra (let’s be clear here: Ronan is a physical replica of Sinatra and Mia Farrow said in 2013 that Ronan might possibly be Sinatra’s son). Frank’s or not Frank’s, Ronan is the proof that Mia was cheating on Woody. From the 10 adopted children, it’s important to notice that two of them (Tam Farrow and Thaddeus Wilk Farrow) sadly committed suicide (Tam died from a pill overdose and Thaddeus in an apparent car crash –later it was revealed that he had shot himself in the torso). One of Mia Farrow’s adoptive daughters (Lark Previn) died of AIDS alone and in poverty at age 35. These are three tragedies that neither Mia, Dylan nor Ronan Farrow have never mentioned.

Also, let’s not forget that Mia Farrow’s own brother (John Villers-Farrow) was sentenced in 2013 to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing two boys over a period of 8 years. Wow. That’s explosive news. And, nevertheless, very few people know this fact. Again, neither Mia, Dylan nor Ronan Farrow have never made any comment about John Villers-Farrow. I know that it’s not Mia Farrow’s fault to have such a disgusting brother, but it’s her fault to have remained completely silent about him. That’s ugly and inconsistent. Ronan Farrow (always so worried about denigrating Woody in his tweets) has never ever tweeted anything about his biological uncle’s behaviour and trial. Weird, huh?

IV. Back in 1992 Soon-Yi said that the accusations against Woody involving 7-year-old Dylan Farrow were ridiculous:

“The business of him molesting Dylan is so ridiculous that I won’t dignify it with a comment. Why Dylan repeats her story is another matter, and a sinister one. I was not surprised that Mia made a videotape of Dylan saying these terrible things as I think the motive is obvious, but I was stunned that the tape would somehow find its way to the TV news,” Soon-Yi, 1992

Many of us (including the experts who investigated Dylan’s case back in 1992) believe that 7-year-old Dylan Farrow was coached by her adoptive angry and humiliated mother. Does the adult Dylan Farrow believe that she was actually molested by Woody? The truth, I don’t care. If she believes that, she should get some therapy instead of tweeting garbage about Woody and insulting all the actors and people who love Woody’s work. I do feel pity for Dylan-the-child. But I really feel repugnance for Dylan-the-adult.

Back in 1992, Mia Farrow said to Woody (you can watch Woody’s interview here): “I have something very nasty planned for you”, and, most important, “You took my daughter. I’m going to take yours”. Moses Farrow said: “My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family (…) I see now that this was a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi.”.

V. Who is Soon-Yi? Soon-Yi was born c. 1970 in Korea. She was adopted in 1977 by André Previn and Mia Farrow and brought to the States. She’s, of course, American. She majored in Art from Drew University and earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Columbia University.

“I’m a psychology major at college who fell for a man who happens to be the ex-boyfriend of Mia. I admit it’s offbeat, but let’s not get hysterical. The tragedy here is that, because of Mia’s vindictiveness, the children must suffer”, Soon-Yi, 1992

VI. So, the story is quite simple, folks: Soon-Yi and Woody fell in love. Having in account how much craziness was going around Mia Farrow’s madhouse (beatings, humiliations, denigrations) I don’t see Woody and Soon-Yi’s love like something weird, quite the contrary. Woody saved Soon-Yi. In any case, who are we to judge their love story?

In 1992, Soon-Yi described her relationship with Woody:

“I have a terrific relationship with Woody and realize it’s full of dramatic overtones, but it’s really quite simple. It revolves around conversations, film talk, sports talk, books and art. He’s very quiet and hardworking and finds it amazing and ironic that our relationship is of such interest to people”,  Soon-Yi, 1992

VII. Soon-Yi and Woody are together for more than a quarter of a century. Soon-Yi and Woody married in Venice in 1997. They are sharing their lives together for more than a quarter of a century and have formed a beautiful family. They have two adopted daughters (Bechet and Manzie). If legally there would be any doubts about Dylan Farrow’s accusations, Woody would have never been able to adopt, a crucial point that the social media mob always overlooks.

Mia Farrow, Dylan Farrow, Ronan Farrow, mob and herd: Step off the stage.

Don’t interfere with love and stop condemning Woody and Soon-Yi’s love story. It’s not your business. And neither is it mine.

If you don’t want to watch Woody’s films, don’t watch them. No problem. That’s your loss. Woody’s films will continue being powerful, amazing, stunning and wonderful for ever and ever.

PS: I would love to be a friend of Woody Allen’s but I never had the honor of meeting him. I strongly believe that he’s innocent, that Mia Farrow was an abusive mother, and that Dylan Farrow is a phoney. Those who insulted and condemned Woody will be forgotten in a blink of an eye. Woody will always be remembered as the genius who made us laugh, cry, think and philosophise a million times with his wonderful and breathtaking art.

#WeLoveWoodyAllen

#IBelieveWoody

#IBelieveMoses

#IBelieveSoonYi

#DownWithTheMob

#ApologiseToWoody

#ThankYouForYourArtWoody

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, September 18, 2018

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Down with the mob! We love you, Woody

Down with the mob! We love you, Woody, by Antonia Tejeda Barros

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I always thought that the herd was not very bright, but I never imagined that it could arrive to this degree of stupidity. I’m talking, of course, about the internet lynch mob and the witch hunt against Woody Allen.

Who are these pathetic bunch of losers who, in stead of creating, started making a career in tweeting, condemning and hating? Well, we have quite a few. To name some (starting with the most annoying): Sorvino, Gerwig, Chalamet, Page, Hall, Caine (that was really disappointing), Daniels… I am sure I forgot some, since all of them are really forgettable. Most of them will only be remembered by their treason, ungratefulness, hypocrisy and opportunism.

Some people create. Others just trash. In general, the mediocre enjoys trashing the genius.

There are also a bunch of pseudo-journalists and gossip-garbage-magazines and newspapers that have made quite a few bucks denigrating Woody and fabricating news that are completely fake. The winners are: Vanity Fair, The New York Post (Page Six -oh boy, the last article is really pathetic), the Guardian, The Washington Post, and the New York Times. Other magazines just repeat the fake news and add the obscure “sources” of these lies. I have news for all of you: Woody will continue making movies when all of you losers lose your jobs.

In 1992, right after the false accusations, Woody was investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare. He even took a polygraph. The result: he was cleared from all the accusations.

Woody wrote a statement on his Official Facebook page on January 18, 2018. It read:

“When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare. They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup.

Dylan’s old brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother doing exactly that –relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator. It seems to have worked –and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says.

But even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn’t make it any more today than it was in the past. I never molested my daughter –as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago”, WOODY ALLEN

So, Woody was investigated and found innocent more than 25 years ago. Everything was part of a lousy revenge scheme, good only for a mediocre movie. In a normal world that should be the end of the story. But we live in a crazy and ugly world. And the mob does not think. The mob wants blood. And many earn fame sucking blood. The herd needs to crucify somebody. And the crocodile tears of Dylan Farrow (a woman who majored in Twitter with Cum Laude, how pathetic) and the dictatorship of the Me too movement (or shall I say: Mob too movement?) really worked. The mob roared and many mediocre opportunistic rats condemned Woody without doubt.

Some month later, when everything became clear (after Moses Farrow wrote his courageous post about his abusive adoptive mother) it was too late to apologise to Woody. So, many are now carrying on with the lie. Well, we don’t buy the lie, dear lynch mob!

Moses starts with the words: “I’m a very private person and not at all interested in public attention. But, given the incredibly inaccurate and misleading attacks on my father, Woody Allen, I feel that I can no longer stay silent as he continues to be condemned for a crime he did not commit”.

Today stupid people become famous and geniuses are unjustly condemned by the mob. This is really hilarious. I wish Woody would make a film about it.

Woody has been always my idol and he will always be. He’s the greatest artist, the coolest musician, the wisest philosopher, the most amazing writer and the most wonderful film maker who proves with his gems that cinema is not dead yet, that cinema can still be an art.

Woody’s movies make life much better. Woody makes us laugh, cry, think and enjoy. So, let’s throw the mob where it belongs: to the garbage.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go and watch some Woody Allen gem. I’ve seen each of his films 100 times, and I always enjoy them. They are all masterpieces. Thank you, Woody, for your art.

PS: Any attack on Woody Allen or stupid comment denigrating Woody will be immediately thrown where it belongs: to the garbage. Greetings from Spain.

#WeLoveWoodyAllen #WeLoveYouWoody #IBelieveWoody #IBelieveMoses #DownWithTheMob            #ToWoodyWithLove

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, August 30, 2018

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Thanks, Woody, for making life better!

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I love Woody Allen. His films are really amazing.

Thanks, Woody, for making life better!

Here are some quotes that will put a smile in your face.

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We love you, Woody! Thank you so much for your Art!

DALIT-ANTONIA-JOKER-2016 Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, August 15, 2018

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Cuando yo sea grande, por Dalit Streett Tejeda

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Cuando yo sea grande

quiero ser bailarina

para danzar hasta el cielo

con puntas de purpurina.

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Cuando yo sea grande

quiero ser violinista

para acariciar a las estrellas

con bonitas melodías.

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Cuando yo sea grande

quiero ser flautista

para susurrarle a la luna

una canción de cuna

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Cuando yo sea grande

quiero ser paleontóloga

para construir un museo

alto hasta el cielo.

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Cuando yo sea grande

quiero ser pastelera

para hacerme una casita

de chocolate, nata y fresa.

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Cuando yo sea grande

quiero ser pintora

para pintar una sonrisa

en tu cara bonita.

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Cuando yo sea grande

quiero ser mamá

para darles a mis hijos

mil besitos amarillos.

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Cuando yo sea grande

quiero acordarme noche y día

de todos los sueños hermosos

de esta poesía.

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Dalit Streett Tejeda, Madrid, 21 de mayo de 2018

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The Shape of Water (The Shape of Violence?)

The Shape of Water (2017). (The Shape of Violence?). Dir. Guillermo del Toro

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Sex and violence really sell, don’t they? A bit of porn, lots and lots of violence and you have a multi Academy Award nomination movie!

I went to see yesterday The Shape of Water and I was highly disappointed. While the music, the cinematography and the performances are amazing, the love story is really not convincing and a bit creepy, and the unnecessary sex scenes (masturbation and coitus) and, specially, the monstruos violence killed all the poetry of the movie. In the same way that I don’t think a director needs to show the actors shitting, pissing or picking their noses I find graphic sex a very poor choice for a director to illustrate a point. But, more than that, I find violence onscreen really disturbing and I think that such a high degree of violence is a very poor tool for a director. An exception to that would probably be Tarantino, who uses violence in such a crude way that it ends out being funny (nevertheless, Tarantino’s violence is sometimes too much for me, even when he uses it for something great, like killing Nazis). I think that there are greater cinematic ways of showing violence than graphic torture, flying fingers, and litres of blood. If you don’t agree with me, go and see Doctor Zhivago: you will be amazed by the power of the scene where the Imperial Army is massacring the people next to the Winter Palace and all you can see is the horrifying face of Doctor Zhivago, who, from a safe window, watches men, women, and children being slaughtered by the Imperial Army. Now, that’s art. The rest is only good special effects and a big lack of imagination. The same goes for sex. There are many ways of showing the act of love (also the act of fucking –that’s it: making love without love) with sensuality, strength, and poetry, but Guillermo del Toro chose here graphic sex. Why? I guess it sells better.

Frankly, I don’t get the hype around this film. 13 Academy Award nominations? Come on! Guillermo del Toro looks like a really nice guy, and I actually hate to write negative reviews. If I spend a bit of time in writing this negative review it’s because, as with La La Land (an annoying and cheesy torture filled with cliches), I’m amazed at how bad or not so good Hollywood movies can get such a hype, while other movies, like Woody Allen’s masterpieces, get shut out and don’t get any important nominations (yes, I am a huge fan of Woody: I love his art, his philosophy and his genius, and I’m very angry at this wave of hypocrisy, opportunism and lies around him that mixes false accusations from two crazy and resentful women with the most beautiful art).

The characters of The Shape of Water are all either black or white, there are no greys here: the bad ones are really bad and the good ones are really good. Well, life isn’t neither black nor white. It’s full of greys. While the performances of the movie are all amazing (Sally Hawkins is great, Octavia Spencer is amazing as always, Richard Jenkins is really good too and Michael Shannon is stunning: he really steals the movie and, surprisingly, didn’t get any Golden Globe or Academy Award nomination), the souls of the characters are painted only in one color, and that’s very Hollywood-ish and commercial. 

Also, I wonder, for which age is The Shape of Water? You would first think that a fantasy movie is suitable for children, but this one is not. Or, you would think that a love story with so much violence and a bit of porn is suitable for adults, but then, why put this stupid fish-creature? I’m used to seeing lots of fantasy and children movies with my kids (ages 11, 9 and 4, so, imagine: I’ve seen them all: since The Dark Cristal from 1982 until the last superhero movie). But this movie, for who is it?

I understand why this movie can arrive to people, especially people who feel very lonely. I feel a great deal of empathy for all the people who feel alone in the world and seek love and company wherever they can, but I think that the black and white characters and the huge degree of violence kill the depth of this movie. Maybe the majority of the people of  today are so used to see violence (on TV and on the internet) that they don’t even notice it any more. I am very sensible to violence and it disturbs me a lot when I see it (here at home we don’t have a TV for many many years, so I really don’t know what’s going on with TV violence these days –we only choose what we want to watch and watch it with our cinema projector). I understand that there are movies where violence is necessary (for instance, if you watch a movie about the Holocaust it may contain some graphic violence) but what really bothers me, artistically speaking, is superfluos violence: violence for selling, for entertaining a bit more and keep the audience amused. That  kind of violence is repulsive.

I don’t like to put a qualification for a movie. I always found it pretentious to qualify the huge work of a director with a number (I’m aware of the fact that to create art is difficult and to criticize is easy). But this time, since there is such a hype around this film, I feel obliged to qualify this movie. So, 1 point for the music (Alexandre Desplat), 1 point for the cinematography (Dan Laustsen), 1 point for Michael Shannon, 1 point for Sally Hawkins, 1 point for the amazing Octavia Spencer, and 1 point for Richard Jenkins. 6/10

If you want to listen to good music, be amazed by a beautiful cinematography, see Sally Hawkins’s tits, vagina and ass, enjoy your popcorn while a fish-creature is being tortured in a brutal way, blood is running, and a cats loses her heads, go and see The Shape of Water.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, February 20, 2018

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The resented vengeful, the tedious obsessive, and the genius artist. #IBelieveWoody

The resented vengeful, the tedious obsessive, and the genius artist. #IBelieveWoody, by Antonia Tejeda Barros

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I’m furious at this wave of rage and lies against Woody Allen. People have finally lost their common sense in the United States and the country has returned to the McCarthy era. The situation is really pathetic (not for Woody Allen, but for those cheap, hypocrite, opportunist, and ignorant accusers) and in Europe we don’t know if to cry or laugh at this whole mess.

The story is quite simple. I don’t understand why there are still people who say “We don’t know if Dylan was abused or not”. Of course we know! She was not abused. Not by Woody Allen, in any case. That’s not my opinion but the facts talking. All those opportunist losers who, in the name of the now-pathetic #MeToo movement, condemned Woody Allen haven’t read a single report proving Woody’s innocence. Is it malice? Is it ignorance? I don’t care what it is, but there is no excuse for being and acting so stupidly and irresponsibly and go and accuse somebody of something they didn’t even read about. The material is available on the internet (you can find these crucial three articles and a report supporting Woody’s innocence here). If all of Woody ‘s bullies (who show a big degree of illiteracy and idiocy) would spend half an hour of their time reading about the facts instead of tweeting and writing nonsense garbage about Woody this bomb would have never exploded.

And what about Hollywood? Yes, Hollywood: that place I used to admire and that I now find repulsive, full of rich opportunist actors who decided to take a piece of the cake, gain some ephemeral fame (just some tweets and some short news) and stab Woody in the back by saying they were sorry to have worked with Woody (after seeing the crocodile tears of Dylan Farrow) or, even more pathetic, promising they “would never work with Woody again”. There is something really comical about that sentence. Woody wasn’t planning on calling you again, you arrogant peacock losers!

Shame on the actors who have stabbed Woody in the back! Poor them. Nobody taught them that loyalty and gratitude are much more important than opportunism and hypocrisy. Woody’s fans will never forget their treason. These actors will always remain second-rate actors and will be remembered by their hypocrisy and their ugly opportunism while Woody will always remain a genius and will be remembered as one of the best filmmakers of the history of the cinema.

Also, let’s not drive things out of proportion here, because, although it made some noise, we are talking here about a bunch of actors who decided to eat a piece of this shameful cake. Let’s not forget that Woody has worked for the past 50 years with hundreds and hundreds of actors. And all (besides that shameful bunch) continue respecting him. The sad thing, of course, is that solidarity, loyalty and empathy are very seldom found these days. I wish those actors and actresses who love Woody would actually speak up. By now, the only two heroes that have stood firm by Woody are Alec Baldwin and Diane Keaton. I salute them and I will never forget their gesture.

Now let’s analyse the characters of this goofy story. First of all, we have Mia Farrow: the resented vengeful. A second-rate actress that, after appearing in a bunch of Woody Allen films didn’t do anything worth mentioning (in Woody’s movies she’s great, but thanks to Woody’s direction and script, nothing else). Back in 1992, Dylan kept repeating (together with her fantasied story of abuse) that her poor mother had lost her career in Woody’s films. What can you say about a woman that collects adoptive children like stamps and abuses them psychologically and physically (I’m not inventing that, this has been said by her adopted children Soon-Yi Previn and Moses Farrow)? Since I know that readers don’t tend to click on the links so much, here are some quotes by Soon-Yi and Moses about their adoptive mother:

“Mia was always very hot-tempered and given to rages which terrified all the kids. They can’t speak freely because they’re still dependent on her. But they could really tell stories and I’m sure one day will. It’s true Mia was violent with me and I have conclusive proof” Soon-Yin Previn

“[Mia] hit me uncontrollably all over my body. She slapped me, pushed me back and hit me on my chest (…) I was defeated, deflated, and beaten down” Moses Farrow

“[Mia] had a fierce temper. On one occasion, she kicked me and hit me again and again with the phone. She was always physical and violent with us” Soon-Yi Previn

“As a young child, I was given a new pair of jeans. I thought they would look cool if I cut off a couple of the belt loops. When my mother found I had done this, she spanked me repeatedly—as was her way—and had me remove all my clothes saying, ‘You’re not deserving of any clothes.’ Then she had me stand naked in the corner of her room” Moses Farrow

But in the media, Mia is the victim. Why? Because her already non-boyfriend Woody Allen fell in love with Mia’s and André Previn’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi (who was 19 or 21 at the time, so, not a minor). Here I want to clarify some things because I can’t stand to continue reading misinformation and lies about this issue. First of all, Woody and Soon-Yi had hardly ever been in touch before 1992. Woody was Mia’s boyfriend (they never married) during 12 years but he never slept even once in her apartment. They lived separately. And we all know now that this made it easy for Mia to cheat on Woody with Frank Sinatra, since five years ago she said that her son Ronan (who is a physical replica of Frank) might “possibly” be Frank Sinatra’s son. So, Frank’s or nor Frank’s, Ronan is the proof that Mia was cheating on Woody. I don’t care at all about the sexual life of Mia Farrow (she can go with whoever she pleases) but I find it Kafkaesque that she presents herself as the Mother Superior in Morality when she was the Queen of Cheating (with Woody and with André Previn –with Previn she was the other woman). So, Woody never went and married his daughter, nor his stepdaughter, like stupid people keep repeating, since he never lived with Mia and Soon-Yi and was never a father figure to Soon-Yi. Bob Weide has explained and clarified the relationship between Woody and Soon-Yi in his brilliant article The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast (please take 5 minutes and read it, you will learn a lot about this issue). But the most important thing here (more than your judgement on Woody’s and Soon-Yi’s relationship and love, or mine, or Mia’s or the neighbor’s) are Soon-Yi’s own words:

“Please don’t try and dramatize my relationship with Woody Allen. He was never any kind of father figure to me. I never had any dealings with him. He rarely came to our apartment before his own children were born. Even then, he never spoke and the truth is I never cared that much for him. He was always preoccupied with work and never talked to me. Not really to any of us. Only when Dylan was born did he start visiting regularly and then only to play with the baby. My own father is Andre Previn, who came to visit pretty often and took us all out frequently” Soon-Yin Previn (1992)

So, were Woody and Mia dating when Woody fell in love with Soon-Yi? Not any more, apparently. I always thought that Dylan Farrow’s lousy false accusation against Woody was prefabricated by Mia because of Woody’s story with Soon-Yi. But after reading Soon-Yi’s own words, I understood that if Woody would have started a relationship with another woman, any woman, it’s very possible that this prefabricated accusation would have arisen anyway.

“When I first got friendly with Woody, he and Mia were finished with their romance and were just friends. I think Mia would have been just as angry if he had taken up with another actress or his secretary” Soon-Yin Previn

Mia’s goal (then and …still now!) was to destroy Woody Allen at any price. And, what better than stab a knife into his heart, by taking his adoptive daughter Dylan away? Mia said to Woody (you can watch Woody’s interview here): “I have something very nasty planned for you”, and, most important and relevant to the story: “You took my daughter. I’m going to take yours”. Moses Farrow have said: “My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family (…) I see now that this was a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi.”

By the way, Soon-Yi and Woody Allen did marry. They married in Venice in 1997. They are sharing their lives together for 26 years already and have formed a beautiful family. They have two adopted daughters. If legally there would be any doubts about Dylan’s accusations, Woody would have never been able to adopt. But he didn’t have any problem. Soon-Yi and Woody are together for more than a quarter of a century, a non-common fact among celebrities.

In the Agatha Christie days that followed the explosion, Mia never took a lie-detector test. Woody not only did but asked to take one and, of course, he passed:

“I very willingly took a lie-detector test and of course passed because I had nothing to hide. I asked Mia to take one and she wouldn’t. Last week a woman named Stacey Nelkin, whom I had dated many years ago, came forward to the press to tell them that when Mia and I first had our custody battle 21 years ago, Mia had wanted her to testify that she had been underage when I was dating her, despite the fact this was untrue. Stacey refused. I include this anecdote so we all know what kind of character we are dealing with here. One can imagine in learning this why she wouldn’t take a lie-detector test” Woody Allen Speaks Out

The funny thing (or I should say: the pathetic thing) is that Mia paints herself like Mother Theresa: she collects adopted children, pretends to care about the poor children around the world, follows the Dalai Lama and the Pope, but, while abusing her adoptive children, has spent all her life bringing down Woody Allen. That’s sad and cheap. And very annoying. So, enough of Mia Farrow. Now, let’s go to the tedious obsessive: Dylan Farrow.

When I saw the melodramatic explosive interview of Dylan Farrow some days ago on the internet I felt sad and disgusted. How is it possible that this grown-up woman desires to make justice to her apparent injustice by denouncing her father on TV instead of bringing him to trial? The answer is simple: she (and mommy) already tried (26 years ago) to legally accuse Woody but she (they) did not succeed in anything, because Woody was investigated and was found innocent of all accusations. So, what’s left? Destroy him in public. Destroy him in the media. Destroy his reputation and, if possible, his movies too. I don’t see any seek for justice here. I only see a seek for revenge. An ugly, pathetic and sick seek for revenge.

Also, why is it that millions of us still don’t believe Dylan’s story? Because child abuse victims need to tell their story only once and they are believed. The abusers are investigated, charged and trialed, and then they pay their crime. That’s the case, for instance, of Mia Farrow’s (yes, Mia’s) brother, who was condemned in 2013 to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing two boys during several years. Weird, huh?

Another important detail that clouds this prefabricated lie is that, generally, in cases of sexual abuse and pedophilia, the abuser has a record of more than one victim: that’s the case of Harvey Weinstein (more than 90 women), Bill Cosby (59 women and two 15 year-old girls) and Mia Farrow’s brother. Woody has never been accused by anybody in 82 years apart from his adopted daughter Dylan, not before and not after. Doesn’t Woody’s case sound completely prefabricated?

Moses Farrow feels sorry for his sister Dylan (who, in return, said to him that he was dead to her, how nice): “‪What breaks my heart the most is that while Dylan believes what she says, I know from my own experience, that it simply never happened. So many times I saw my mother try to convince her that she was abused –and it worked. Some day, I hope she can escape from my mother, confront the truth and begin her own healing” (You can read more Posts on Moses Farrow Facebook page).

Soon-Yi said about Dylan’s accusation, back in 1992:

“The business of him molesting Dylan is so ridiculous that I won’t dignify it with a comment. Why Dylan repeats her story is another matter, and a sinister one. I was not surprised that Mia made a videotape of Dylan saying these terrible things as I think the motive is obvious, but I was stunned that the tape would somehow find its way to the TV news (…) I have refrained from commenting, but when Mia brought up child molestation and then had her sisters and mother and kids and friends parade out in public and do her dirty work for her, climaxing with that tape of Dylan being given out, I felt I had to speak at this point” Soon-Yin Previn (1992)

Woody himself said four years ago, in 2014:

“I naïvely thought the accusation would be dismissed out of hand because of course, I hadn’t molested Dylan and any rational person would see the ploy for what it was. Common sense would prevail. After all, I was a 56-year-old man who had never before (or after) been accused of child molestation. I had been going out with Mia for 12 years and never in that time did she ever suggest to me anything resembling misconduct. Now, suddenly, when I had driven up to her house in Connecticut one afternoon to visit the kids for a few hours, when I would be on my raging adversary’s home turf, with half a dozen people present, when I was in the blissful early stages of a happy new relationship with the woman I’d go on to marry — that I would pick this moment in time to embark on a career as a child molester should seem to the most skeptical mind highly unlikely. The sheer illogic of such a crazy scenario seemed to me dispositive. Woody Allen Speaks Out

Dylan has spent all her life accusing Woody Allen. Poor her. How pathetic. If I were Woody, I would sue her (and mommy) for having lied with so much hatred and destruction during all these long years. But Woody seems so nice and so not interested in gossip and hatred, that I know he will not do a thing. Four years ago, he only had love and sadness for his adopted daughter:

“I never saw [Dylan] again nor was I able to speak with her no matter how hard I tried. I still loved her deeply, and felt guilty that by falling in love with Soon-Yi I had put her in the position of being used as a pawn for revenge. Soon-Yi and I made countless attempts to see Dylan but Mia blocked them all, spitefully knowing how much we both loved her but totally indifferent to the pain and damage she was causing the little girl merely to appease her own vindictiveness” Woody Allen Speaks Out

When I first heard Dylan’s story, I knew Woody was innocent but I felt sorry for Dylan. A 7 year old girl fantasizes about a non-event and her mother takes advantage and exploits that to the point that the little girl believes that this actually happened. It’s sad but we all have to overcome our traumas (real traumas or imaginary ones). Now I don’t feel sorry at all for her. I feel it is shameful and disgraceful that a grown-up woman continues destroying Woody and the people who love him in an obsessive manner night and day in her tweets, in articles and on TV. I found this pathetic. Her name is very annoying to me and to millions of Woody’s fans. My guess is that Dylan Farrow probably wanted to be famous but didn’t have any talent. But now, hey, she has become (sadly) famous and has thousands of followers on Twitter. The truth is that her comments and accusations (to Woody and to everybody that respects Woody) are really annoying, snake-like and immature and she does not deserve much ink. So, enough about her.

And now, let’s go to Woody, the genius artist.

There are very little geniuses alive today that surprise me, accompany me, influence me and fascinate me like Woody Allen. I’ve seen all his movies and I love them all. His scripts are amazing, the cinematography in his films is always exquisite and the philosophy, humor, and drama of his films are overwhelming.

To this day, Woody has directed 50 films, has written 50 scripts and has acted in 46 films (I don’t count here the TV series and shorts). This effervescent creativity is often compared to Bergman’s, who wrote 69 films and directed 64. Woody was born in 1935. He’s 82 years old. His mother, Nettie, died at age 96, and his father lived to reach 100 years. I really hope that Woody (once all this shit has smoked out) will continue rewarding us with his amazing and brilliant movies for the next 20 years.

Woody will always be remembered as one of the greatest filmmakers. In contrast, the resented vengeful and the tedious obsessive would be, with time, remembered as the two snakes who made everything possible to stop the world from enjoying Woody’s magnificent art.

I saw yesterday (again, but this time with my older kids) Broadway Danny Rose. Such an amazing movie! I would like to finish this small love letter to Woody with a quote from the film. Funny, it seems like Mia Farrow didn’t get the whole idea of Broadway Danny Rose. Poor her:

Danny: Well, just let me say one thing. My Uncle Sidney, man, you know, lovely uncle—dead, completely—used to say three things. Used to say, “Acceptance, forgiveness, and love.”

Tina: Yeah.

Danny: And that is a philosophy of life. Acceptance, forgiveness, and love.

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

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