Kate Winslet believes Woody Allen understands women

Pat Wise
December 8, 2017

Also, Allen wasn't convicted because of an acquittal; instead, as Farrow stated in her op-ed, the CT state prosecutor had "probable cause" to try the case in 1993, but opted to spare a "child victim" the trauma of a trial. "It is also our collective choice to see simple situations as complicated and obvious conclusions as a matter of 'who can say?'" Farrow concluded. It's important that we don't stand for this and that we don't focus on one or two or three or four stories, it's important that we focus on humanity in general and say, 'This is unacceptable.' " But on the subject of Allen, she said, "It's very risky to factor in things you don't know anything about.

Winslet received a lot of backlash on social media for defending her decision to work with Allen on "Wonder Wheel" in an interview with The New York Times (specifically the quote used by Farrow in her op-ed).

With Winslet garnering much of the pre-Oscar buzz for her emotional yet predictable role in Wonder Wheel, it is Belushi's under-heralded pursuance of the lunkish and needy brute Humpty who should be earning more acclaim.

Farrow also calls out some of the women who have spoken out about sexual misconduct in Hollywood but have appeared in Allen's movies: Kate Winslet, Blake Lively, and Greta Gerwig. Set against a nostalgic 1950's Coney Island backdrop, Allen's always present attention to aesthetic is as prevalent of a character in the film as those portrayed by Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Juno Temple and Justin Timberlake. Of Allen, she said "I didn't know Woody and I don't know anything about that family". On one side is Kate Winslet's Ginny, a former actress who now works as a waitress in a boardwalk clam house, and who is unhappily married to Jim Belushi's Humpty, a bullying operator of a merry-go-round and recovering alcoholic. Allen once again fails to develop a single character within the play out of the film itself, which speaks to how bleak of an outlook the director has to the notion that a person can change.

"It is a testament to Allen's public relations team and his lawyers that few know these simple facts", she writes. I don't know his family. "I think I'm living in that space of fear of being anxious about how I talk about it and what I say".

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"As the actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don't know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false", she said. Let's break this down: Here's a Woody Allen movie about a "moody" and "crazy" washed-up redheaded actress furious that her lover has jilted her for her kinda/sorta daughter. In November, Ellen Page wrote an essay stating that working with Allen on "To Rome With Love" was the "biggest regret" of her career. "It works for Woody Allen still", Farrow wrote in her piece. "Have you forgotten me?" Farrow informed her mother of the incident in 1992 and Allen denied these allegations.

In the op-ed, Farrow draws parallels between Allen and Weinstein in how they reportedly responded to the allegations. In 2014, after Farrow wrote an open letter about the alleged abuse, several stars were quiet or neutral on the subject.

Earlier this year, Allen clarified his comments on Harvey Weinstein, following headlines that he was "sad" for the disgraced, Hollywood mogul.

Here's my theory of how this movie came to be: Allen stayed up late one night watching Turner Classics and caught an airing of "Clash by Night", Fritz Lang's stagy 1952 semi-noir, based on a Clifford Odets play, in which Barbara Stanwyck plays a bitter waterfront tootsie who cheats on her lumpen husband (Paul Douglas) with local stud Robert Ryan.

Winslet was asked about those allegations by the Los Angeles Times last month but was skittish with her answer.

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