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HBO Max will not remove Woody Allen films and "allow viewers to make their own informed decisions"

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Sunday the 21st of February saw HBO and HBO Max air the first episode of the four-part miniseries Allen vs. Farrow which documents and investigates the allegations made by Woody Allen’s adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow.

Despite this series, and the disturbing allegations, the platform has confirmed that it will not remove the Allen movies currently hosted on the platform; Another Woman, Broadway Danny Rose, Radio Days, Shadows and Fog, Scoop, and September.

In a statement from HBO made via The Wrap they announced: “These titles will remain available in the library, to allow viewers to make their own informed decisions about screening the work.”

This was followed by comments made by filmmakers behind the investigative miniseries, Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick, who told Variety magazine, “We go into depth about the decisions people have to make about consuming (sic) 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. I think there’s a lot of art out there with complicated biographical backgrounds. We invite people to make their own decisions.”

Allen had his own retort regarding the series, calling it a “hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.”

The situation has long hung over the director’s legacy since first surfacing in 1992 when Farrow, who was only seven-years-old at the time, first made the allegations. In 2014, the story once again came to the fore when Farrow penned an open letter to the New York Times documenting her alleged experiences. More recently, she also responded to Scarlett Johansson defending the director.

It is a situation that furthers the long-running debate about whether it is possible to separate the art from the artist. Regardless of the outcome of the miniseries, the very notion champions a judicious approach to the consumption of art. 

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