Back in 1979, Woody Allen captured critical acclaim, earned two Academy Award nods, and spawned perhaps the most iconic movie poster of all time with Manhattan, a nettlesome rom-com about a 42-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl.
Mariel Hemingway, who starred as the 17-year-old girl Tracy, has spoken about the legacy of the film and claimed that it “100 per cent” couldn’t come out today.
Speaking with Anne Heche and Heather Duffy on the Better Together with Anne & Heather podcast, Hemingway declared: “I’m not condoning any behaviour. That movie probably couldn’t come out today. 100 per cent.”
When asked about the recent HBO documentary, Allen v. Farrow, which revisits the historic abused allegations claimed by Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, Hemingway said that she hadn’t seen the docuseries as of yet.
Regarding the allegations, she later added: “It’s a bit touchy for me because he wasn’t disrespectful of me or unpleasant. He was great. I loved him.”
“I don’t know them,” Hemingway added in regard to the Farrow’s. “I don’t know Mia, I don’t know [Ronan], I don’t know Dylan. It’s not my story to tell. I don’t make any judgment, I don’t know it.
“I know that my experience was wonderful. Was he making a movie about sleeping with a 17-year-old girl? Yes, he was. That’s what it was about and I knew that.”
Hemingway added: “In many ways, we’ve developed, we’ve opened up, we’re okay with things, and in many ways, we’re going, ‘wait we’ve got to put a stop to it when it’s inappropriate when it’s wrong,’ and when it’s wrong it’s wrong. I don’t know the story and I don’t know them.”
She concluded: “Me saying that is not me going on a bandstand defending, but the integrity of his work to me still stays intact, because I’m not going down that road with him. Maybe that’s cowardly of me.”