Allen furiously denied this. But as for Soon-Yi, he said in one interview, "The heart wants what it wants." For many of Allen's onetime fans, the statement had the ring less of philosophy than of cold self-indulgence—his heart had, after all, taken what it wanted at the cost of considerable anguish to Farrow and their shared family. Farrow, after presenting Allen last February with a knife-skewered valentine, went to court to deprive him of custody of their three children and recently signed to write her autobiography for $3 million.
None of this proved sufficiently titillating to lure audiences to the final Allen-Farrow collaboration, the purported movie à clef Husbands and Wives, in which Allen played a husband attracted to a much younger woman and Farrow played the wife who divorces him. But even as the film came and went, questions about Allen's integrity could not be so easily exorcised. In the movie's last scene, a weary Allen asks the camera, "Is this over?" Sorry, Woody; not yet.
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