I love Woody Allen, the artist. I think his movies are genius, and I know that this can be a polarizing position to take (even without the controversy over his child molestation allegations).
I think his dialog and screenplays, particularly in Husbands and Wives, Hannah and Her Sisters, Annie Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanors, are a high-culture exposition of the psyche of the human animal.
I also think he is a child molester.
What convinced me is a scene in Hannah and Her Sisters where the character he plays remarks that “…half the country’s doing it” when confronted by the notion that the subject of child molestation is off-putting. This remark is so thoroughly an attempt to unburden himself from the guilt and shame of what he must have been doing in real life that is shocks me to this day.
I might have written a long indictment of Allen on this topic, but a writer from Esquire has saved me the trouble.
In a piece called Re-Watching Woody Allen, Stephen Marche systematically destroys any notion of Allen’s innocence on the issue. Indeed, he had the same reaction to the scene I referenced above, but he follows it up with a half-dozen more references from Allen’s movies, all pointing towards the same conclusion.
Case closed, and what a shame.