Despite calls from fans, HBO has no plans to remove six Woody Allen films from its service. In a statement provided to TheWrap, the WarnerMedia-owned company dismissed concerns about hosting the films alongside Allen v. Farrow, a new docuseries that details Dylan Farrow’s allegations of sexual abuse against the filmmaker, and put the burden of responsibility on viewers themselves.
“These titles will remain available in the library to allow viewers to make their own informed decisions about screening the work,” HBO said in a statement.
The six Woody Allen films on HBO’s service — five of which feature his ex-partner, Mia Farrow — include Scoop, Broadway Danny Rose, Shadows and Fog, Radio Days, Another Woman, and September. According to TheWrap, Twitter users pointed out the incongruity of streaming these six films in the wake of the release of Allen v. Farrow. The four-part Allen v. Farrow features in-depth interviews with Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, who has claimed since the early 1990s that Allen sexually abused her as a child (Allen has repeatedly denied the allegation), and hours of footage of Allen interacting with Dylan and Mia’s other children.
Interestingly, Allen v. Farrow documentarians Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering, and Amy Herdy would likely agree with HBO’s statement. In a recent interview with Variety, the filmmakers were asked about HBO Max streaming “five Woody Allen/Mia Farrow collaborations,” as well as the similarities between Allen’s alleged off-screen behavior and on-screen content such as Manhattan.
“We talk about that in Episode 4; we go into depth about the decisions people have to make about consuming product. It is something that many people talk about struggling with. And that’s also why we want people to think and reflect on that,” said Ziering. “I think there’s a lot of art out there with complicated biographical backgrounds. We invite people to make their own decisions.”
Allen has denied allegations of abuse for years, and on Sunday, he issued a statement about the four-part docuseries, which he described as a “hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.” Continued the filmmaker and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, “As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false. Multiple agencies investigated them at the time and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse had ever taken place. It is sadly unsurprising that the network to air this is HBO — which has a standing production deal and business relationship with Ronan Farrow. While this shoddy hit piece may gain attention, it does not change the facts.”
Allen v. Farrow airs every Sunday at 9/8c. Episode 1 is now streaming on HBO Max.
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