Abuse In The Movie The Pianist

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When you hear Johnny Depp’s name, what do you think of? Edward Scissorhands? The Pirates of the Caribbean? When you hear Marlon Brando’s name, what do you think of? A Streetcar Named Desire? The Godfather? When you hear Roman Polanski’s name, what do you think of? Rosemary’s Baby? The Pianist? What about Woody Allen? Do you think about Annie Hall, or maybe Hannah and Her Sisters? If any of these names or movies ring any bells, it’s probably not because those actors and directors been denounced by the film industry. In fact, the film industry routinely overlooks unethical actions and illegal behavior for the purpose of economic and social success.

If you haven’t seen of the movie the Pianist, you’ve probably heard of it. It made $120.1
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Accusations against Woody Allen, saying that he abused and molested his adoptive daughter, broke in 1993. In 2014, his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, wrote an open letter to the New York Times regarding the abuse she experienced. She asked readers what their favorite Woody Allen movie is. Then she described the years of abuse and molestation. There was an incident where he took her to the attic and sexually assaulted her. He told her to keep it a secret. He would sleep in her bed wearing only underwear. He would also put his fingers in his daughter’s mouth and would a across her bare lap. She said, “I would hide under beds or lock myself in the bathroom to avoid these encounters, but he always found me. (New York Times)” He sexually assaulted her, manipulated her, and got away with it. She called the film industry out. Why did they turn a blind eye? Why did they continue to praise and award him? Why did they continue to publicize him? Woody Allen was also nominated for seven Academy Awards, won one Academy Award, won a BAFTA, was nominated for three other BAFTAs, was honored at the BAFTAs, was nominated for three Golden Globes, won two Golden Globes (including the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award), won a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild, was nominated for a different DAG award, and countless others, since news of the abuse Dylan Farrow faced broke. Not to mention he also has made $121.4 million off of the three …show more content…
In the movie Last Tango in Paris, an American widower, played by Marlon Brando, meets a young Parisian women, played by Maria Schneider, and they engage in a sexual relationship. However, there was one scene involving a rape for the movie that Schneider claimed was unscripted. She spoke out about it to the Daily Mail in 2007. In 2013, the director, Bernardo Bertolucci said, “Maybe, sometimes in the movie, I didn't tell her what was going on because I knew her acting would be better. So, when we shot this scene with Marlon [Brando] using butter on her, I decided not to tell her. I wanted a reaction of frustration and rage.” He also said he didn’t tell her “what was going on, because I wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress. I wanted her to react humiliated.” Though much action can be taken now that both Schneider and Brando are dead, cases like this can be used as precedent. From a case like this, the public and film industry can take away important lessons. Listen to what victims are saying and be critical of the person they’ve accused, once what the victim said has been

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