September 30, 2017

"Now that I no longer live in fear of her rejection, I am free to share how she cultivated and brainwashed me."

Said Moses Farrow, quoted in a new biography of Woody Allen, reported by the NYT (which uses a photo of Woody Allen in which his glasses prescription magnifies one of his eyes ridiculously in comparison to the other).
Asked to comment, Ms. Farrow issued a statement: “Moses has cut off his entire family including his ex-wife who was pregnant when he left. It’s heartbreaking and bewildering that he would make this up, perhaps to please Woody. We all miss and love him very much.”
ADDED: The photo of Woody got me thinking about the word "cock-eyed," which means "topsy-turvy, absurd, ridiculous" (OED):
1960 M. Spark Ballad of Peckham Rye x. 201 He gathered together the scrap ends of his profligate experience..and turned them into a lot of cock-eyed books....

1942 Chicago Tribune 18 May 12/1 Communists are cockeyed... Today we shall dwell not upon their dangerousness, but upon their cockeyedness.

33 comments:

David Begley said...

Four hundred plus comments to follow only if Moses is dating Phipps.

MayBee said...

Thanks for the heads up that it is a NYT click!

It says a lot that Farrow decided to comment, and commented in this way.

Fernandinande said...

Is he that Devil Baby?

MadisonMan said...

You just never know what's going on in someone else's family (sometimes in your own!)

As I cannot know the truth in this squabble, why even read about it?

Quaestor said...

Phipps. Phipps. Phipps.

Phipps is the name of the manservant what dunnit in every 8/1 Mousetrap-clone you never heard of. Let's hear no more of Phipps.

tcrosse said...

Redd Foxx told the one about the woman who goes to the Doctor, is diagnosed as pregnent. "That can't be!",she says."My boyfriend only makes love with his eyes."
"Well, you got one cockeyed boyfriend" says the Doctor.

Laslo Spatula said...

Ah. Mia Farrow.

I had returned to that NYC establishment a few days later, and there again was Mia, at the same seat in the bar. She was nodding and saying "Yes, yes," to a conversation only she could here.

I sat next to her, ordered my drink, then said "It's good to see you again, Mia."

"You. I remember you. You're that guy who kept asking me if Frank Sinatra ever fucked me in the ass..."

I am Laslo.

Lloyd W. Robertson said...

I was living in Minnesota when the Woody-Mia-child sexual abuse drama unfolded. There was a pretty good AM radio host named Steve Cannon who would regularly chat with an entertainment reporter. "So just to be clear, does each of these children have his or her own therapist?" Answer: "It's not clear, only because not every one of the children has testified. But of those who have testified, absolutely, they each have a therapist."

tim in vermont said...

From what I understand, the "tradesman's entrance" was closed to Sinatra, as he supposedly "weighed about 95 pounds, and half of it was dick," according to one former lover.

Guys might have liked it, I guess, but women have a working orifice to handle that just fine.

Quaestor said...

Is he that Devil Baby?

Sinatra would have fathered the hellspawn, chronologically speaking.

On the other hand, given Ronan Farrow's bizarre wickedness, all of Mia Farrow's get are probably impious fucking imps. Daddy's a devil, mommy's a monster — may I say I've been more than bored with dysfunctional family drama as a genre, and anything of the sort coming from anyone connected to the Allen-Farrow nuptials in particular?

Laslo Spatula said...

@tim in vermont...

I covered that in this one of the Mia series...

I sat by her and ordered a drink; she turned to me and said "I'm a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, motherfucker."


"Frank Sinatra is quite the man, it seems."

"And he was hung like a fucking horse," Mia replied. "Screwing him was like fucking a fire hose."

"Okay..."

"Have you ever fucked a fire hose?"

"No. No I haven't."

"It's like fucking Frank Sinatra," she says, finishing her drink. "THAT is what it is like..."

I am Laslo.

Earnest Prole said...

Speaking of da krazy eyez, Mia’s got ’em.

tim in vermont said...

"Dintchoo know all bitches is crazy!?!" One of the most enlightening lines I ever heard in a movie. So in this case their will never be a way to untangle the mess, since Woody be crazy too.

JAORE said...

No one knows all the dynamics in a family. But THAT group... the clues are so numerous and so distasteful I'm confident in saying they are not cracked, they are shattered.

But it's Hollywood and Woody has films to be staffed... so it's all good I guess.

wendybar said...

Kids are always traumatized when their parents use them to fight their battles.

JAORE said...

So if I ogle a young, beautiful woman (as a not at all young, not at all beautiful man) am I a cock-eyed optimist?

Luke Lea said...

OT, but does this Rubin Report YouTube interview, "Red Pill Black (Candace Owens) on Her Journey From Left to Right" credibly reveal what Ms. Owens claims it does, namely, that there is a left-progressive "conspiracy" in a lot of the mainstream media (including Kick Start, Twitter, the Washington Post) to troll and discredit Trump supporters (and other people perceived to be part of the alt-light and altright) as racists, misogynists, etc..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSAoitd1BTQ

If Ann has the patience to listen -- I think the first ten minutes would be enough -- perhaps she can comment on this?

In any case, Ms. Owens is an interesting example of what it's like for a bright, independent-minded African-American to leave a Democratic Party whose policies she perceives (correctly in my view) to be not in the long-term interests of most African-Americans. As she comically conveys in this clip on her YouTube channel: https://goo.gl/897bRE



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Quaestor said...

Radio Days is my absolute favorite of all time Woody Allen movie mainly because Woody Allen seems to be only peripherally connected with it, and because the script is funny and poignant with a minimum of Allen's pretentiousness grossly on display (Did ya catch that last bit? I got it from Bergman, ad nauseam). The obscure but occasionally entertaining What's Up Tiger Lily? is a distant second place. Annie Hall... hoo, boychik, I tried to re-watch that thing a few years ago. I must have been in some kind of ambulatory coma when I first watched Allen and Kearon cavort romantically, 'cause it barks louder and more incessantly than most celluloid bowsers I've had the misfortune to waste time on.

Mia Farrow was slightly charming in the role of the adenoidal Sally White. It's really too bad so many good movies are made by revolting people.

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tim in vermont said...

This is "cock-eyed" and available through the Althouse portal!

SGT Ted said...

Mia's statement about Moses is just passive aggressive male shaming, attempting to smear him via guilt by association with Woody. "See? He left his pregnant wife, he is evil, therefor you are to disregard his words. We love him."

I have a relative who was a housemate of Mia Farrow when he was in college. Said she was crazy then, collecting all sort of animals. She did the same with human beings.

Bay Area Guy said...

Woody is still a creepy perv, but, while he and Mia were together "as a family," I think Mia got knocked up by her old hubby Frank Sinatra (nice genes!), giving birth to Ronan (who looks dead on like Ole Blue Eyes), to be raised as Woody's son. And then it all went to shit..,

NY/Hollywood/Leftwing family values gone haywire, I reckon.

I learned all this from reading the National Enquirer.

tim in vermont said...

to be raised as Woody's son. And then it all went to shit..,


Probably the first time Woody changed his diaper.

Birches said...

Can't they both lose! Seriously. Woody and Mia are both screwed up.

William said...

Mia Farrow raised a very large family. They're all grown up and doing well. Mia did something right, even if it was only in choosing the right nanny or therapist......I wonder what part, if any, the inheritance plays in all of this. Woody, I would guess, is richer than Mia. It wouldn't hurt to be on his good side when the will is drawn up......There's not enough evidence to convict Woody Allen, but he sure gives off a suspicious vibe. Crimes and Misdemeanors is the closest he ever came to making a Bergman movie. Like Rosemary's Baby, it documented the evil that lies just below the surface and, in a weird way, predicted the fate of the players.

William said...

I saw a documentary about Ingrid Bergman. Her mother died when she was young. She herself had a habit of abandoning her children. She did it in a responsible way though. She left her oldest daughter in the care of the father who was a conscientious parent. For the other family, she hired a nanny who was sane and nurturing and stuck with the kids throughout their lives. The children all led successful, accomplished lives and, long after the will was read, only had nice things to say about their mother.

EDH said...

ADDED: The photo of Woody got me thinking about the word "cock-eyed," which means "topsy-turvy, absurd, ridiculous"

What makes me think of the word "cock-eyed" is the dry eye medicine Restasis commercial that warns not to use if you have herpes infection of the eye.

But that's just me.

Darrell said...

Most of Mia's kids had physical and mental problems that kept them from being selected in the adoption system. She took them in and gave them the doctors and therapists they already needed because she could afford that. Perhaps all of this was unfair to her biological children, but lets not go overboard with the criticism--and the slander that started in the Allen camp to keep his ass out of prison.

Char Char Binks said...

Hell hath no fury like a Mia scorned for her adopted daughter. Woody made the right choice. Soon Yi wasn't as pretty as Mia back then, despite being much younger (you'd have to have an advanced case of yellow fever to think she was hot), but she's apparently not bat-shit insane.

rcocean said...

Mia vs. Woody is like Nazi Germany vs. USSR. Can't both sides lose?

rcocean said...

Ava Gardner on the Frank Sinatra Mia Farrow Wedding:

I always knew Frank would end up in bed with a boy.

rcocean said...

Yep Ingrid Bergman was a hell of mother.

Pia Lindstrom: Where's Mommy?
Nanny: She's gone off to Italy to be with an Italian Director.
Pia: But why?
Nanny; Well, he's got a cock like Frank Sinatra.
Pia: But I want my Mommy!
Nanny: There, there. You're upset now - and you'll probably be made for 15 years. But when she's dead, you'll say she was OK.

rcocean said...

Moses Farrow. The genius of Woody and mental instability of Mia.

Ouch.