Woody Allen: 'I would welcome Dylan Farrow back with open arms'

Brenda Watkins
March 24, 2020

Woody Allen has opened up about his 22-year marriage to Soon-Yi Previn in his newly released memoir, Apropos of Nothing.

Allen's memoir has been released with a new publisher. Though we were unable to find it on Amazon, or even Arcade's own website, AP was apparently given a copy of the book to summarize with affirmation from a publicist declaring it was unclear if there would be any interviews coming from the Oscar-winning filmmaker who's been dogged by molestation charges by his daughter Dylan, which he has steadfastly denied.

According to The Guardian, Allen's book starts with a "sense of nostalgia and angst" that mirrors Allen's biggest movies but "darkens and becomes defensive as he recalls his relationship with Mia Farrow and the allegations he abused daughter Dylan Farrow". "While Mia had gone shopping, after explaining to everyone that I had to be watched carefully, all the kids and the babysitters were in the den watching TV, a room full of people". Dylan has maintained in recent years that she was abused and her allegations have been increasingly embraced in the #MeToo era.

As for how well Woody Allen's memoir will sell, that is unclear.

"I can't deny that it plays into my poetic fantasies to be an artist whose work isn't seen in his own country and is forced, because of injustice, to have his public overseas", Allen writes. Allen wrote: "This is not as heroic a gesture as it seems, as we can only afford to pay the union minimum, and my guess is if we paid more usual movie money, which often runs quite high, the actors might have righteously declared they'd never work with me but would possibly leave out the part about donating their salary". "It's about at that point my wife wakes me up and says, 'You're snoring'".

Allen met Diane in 1969 when she auditioned for the Broadway production of his comedy, "Play it Again Sam".

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Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group (HBG), had acquired the memoir a year ago and was scheduled to release it on April 7 but dropped the deal after its employees walked-out in protest. Dylan Farrow, Allen's adopted daughter, has repeatedly claimed the director molested her when she was a child (allegations he has consistently denied), and called Hachette's acquisition of the book "an utter betrayal" of her brother, Ronan Farrow, who a year ago released his book Catch and Kill through Hachette's imprint Little, Brown and Company.

Woody Allen didn't hesitate to share a message for his estranged daughter Dylan Farrow.

Arcade, which is an imprint of the independent publisher Skyhorse, released Apropos of Nothing on Monday in hardcover and e-book editions. Some disagreed with the publisher's decision, like author Stephen King who is anxious about freedom of speech stating, "It's who gets muzzled next that worries me".

"We as publishers prefer to give voice to a respected writer and filmmaker", editor Jeannette Seaver said in a statement to AFP.

But, he writes, "When actual flak did arrive they thoughtfully reassessed their position" and 'dumped the book like it was a hunk of Xenon 135'.

Journalist Ronan Farrow, the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, helped launch the MeToo movement by exposing the film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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