Nostalgia time … Do you remember when we all loved to laugh at Bill Cosby? How about marveling at the creative genius of Woody Allen on movie screens? It seems the only thing Cosby can do these days is ‘get arrested’, but Woody is still brave enough to show up at sometimes classy events like the Cannes Film Festival.
He is 80 now, and he’s been on the personal blacklist of many movie watchers for more than 20 years, especially women. For a variety of reasons, he has never been charged with a serious criminal offense, but he definitely crossed a line or two in the realm of what’s generally regarded as acceptable sexual behavior.
Ronan Farrow is the 28 year old son of Woody and his former partner Mia Farrow. He did a round of interviews while Woody was promoting his latest movie at Cannes. Ronan is a lawyer, and in carefully worded language he basically accused Woody of being a rapist.
The folks who continue to put up substantial amounts of money that allows Allen to have a career just roll their eyeballs and shrug their shoulders and carry on. As long as the movies turn something resembling a profit, Woody Allen will continue to make them. It’s what he does. If we think he’s a disgusting degenerate, should we refuse to buy tickets or DVD’s ? That’s a very personal choice, and a troubling decision for a lot of people.
Recently in Quebec, a concerted effort has been made to publicly expunge the name of once legendary filmmaker Claude Jutra. The reason? Someone wrote a book alleging that Jutra slept with young boys about 50 years ago. The filmmaker took his own life almost 30 years ago, so we will never get to hear his side of the story.
One is tempted to haul out the old maxim .. “Let he who is without sin” etc ..
I’m Roger Currie