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February 19, 2014

House of Burgess: Separating art from artist

Allen, Polanski are talented creeps.

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Interestingly, Gailey (now known as Samantha Geimer) defended Allen on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” on Feb. 4. “I think maybe everybody should pull back and not make this such a public thing,” she said. “There’s no resolution to it.”

No matter what else they may or may not have done, many unsettling facts concerning the Allen and Polanski cases are indisputable. Allen really did begin a relationship with Farrow’s adopted daughter (and Dylan’s sister), Soon-Yi Previn, when he was 56 and she was in her late teens. Her age is the source of some controversy as “nobody knows how old Soon-Yi really is,” reported Maureen Orth in Vanity Fair in November 1992. “Without ever seeing her, Korean officials put her age down as 7 on her passport [at the time of adoption]. A bone scan [Mia Farrow] had done on her in the U.S. put her age at between 5 and 7.” The reason Polanski is still haunted by his crimes of 36 years ago is because he really did agree to a plea bargain, but fled prior to sentencing.

I struggle with this every time I hear about a new project Allen or Polanski have released. I am filled with mixed emotions. And then, there’s the question of the price of the ticket in some small way funding the person who created it.

Consider this: When Allen and Mia Farrow started dating, Soon-Yi was around 8 years old. And, according to the victim, before Polanski committed his crime he plied her with a Quaalude and alcohol.

And yet, I still think “The Pianist” is one of the best films about the Holocaust ever. And I consider “Annie Hall” to be one of the funniest movies of the last quarter of the 20th century. After you make something and release it into the world, it is no longer completely yours. It belongs to each person who experiences it.

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