Mia Farrow continues to be performing.

In Part 1 of HBO’s scorching new docuseries, “Allen v. Farrow,’’ the actress, showing as prim and uptight because the state of Connecticut, recounts, but once more, how she was emotionally mutilated by the filmmaker Woody Allen, who dumped her for one grown daughter after which, she claims, proceeded to molest her different, prepubescent lady baby.

It’s a riveting, but surprisingly antiseptic, efficiency by an actress who’s made her life’s work exacting revenge from the person who completed her mistaken.

Trouble is, it appears to me that not a phrase of it, with the potential exceptions of “and’’ and “however,’’ is true.

And, as soon as once more, Mia’s scorched-earth revenge fantasy has claimed an harmless sufferer — her daughter, Dylan, who was allegedly brutalized by Woody when she was 7 years outdated. As she has completed for many years, Mia is exploiting Dylan, now 35, maiming her mentally, throwing her below the Woody bus in a twisted effort to destroy the life, status and profession of her former paramour.

Why did the filmmakers encourage her so cynically? Perhaps as a result of this hideousness makes for a greater story than the one that basically occurred.

While watching Part 1, launched on Sunday, it’s useful to check Mia’s present story of betrayal and countless eating in buzzy eating places to the one she testified to in a New York City courtroom in 1993, as Woody sued her for custody of the three youngsters they share.

A pivotal level within the episode comes as Mia recounts discovering Polaroid images of her daughter Soon-Yi Previn in Woody’s condominium, throughout Central Park from her personal. In the pictures, Soon-Yi is bare.

According to Mia’s revisionist historical past of the occasion, Soon-Yi, now 50, will not be merely within the buff, however the topic of hard-core “pornography’’ — straight out of “Hustler.’’

The discovery of the kinky pores and skin trove prompted Mia to rush again to her condominium, shaking, she now says, to face her daughter.

“Soon-Yi was residence and I bear in mind saying. ‘I discovered the images,’ ” Farrow “instantly” remembers. “And she mentioned, ‘What photos?’ And I mentioned, ‘The photos Woody took.’ And she began crying and I began crying and I’m like, ‘No, no, it’s not your fault.’ And she was beside herself.”


And apparently unfaithful.

When Mia, now 76, testified in court docket some 28 years in the past, nobody was crying. Instead, Mia testified, after she confronted Soon-Yi in regards to the merely “nude’’ photos, her daughter taunted her mom.

“The one that is sleeping with [Woody] is the one with the connection,’’ Mia bitterly remembered Soon-Yi saying. And then, Mia admitted on the stand that she punched and pummeled the younger lady.

“I’m not proud,’’ Mia testified coolly.

In addition to this ugly — however sincere — show of anger, I noticed an exhibit within the courtroom that had me questioning Mia’s sanity. It was {a photograph} of Mia along with her gigantic brood of organic and adopted youngsters. Mia had plunged metallic stakes into every individual’s chest to point out Woody how his actions with Soon-Yi had damaged their hearts.

There had been different televised deviations from the story she had spun.

Mia says within the documentary {that a} therapist, round 1990, rendered the opinion that Woody acted “inappropriately,” however not sexually, towards Dylan round 1990, when Mia was nonetheless with him. She mentions this to elucidate why she stayed with Woody, and had a baby with him.

But the possible reality is way less complicated — that no child-molestation occurred. Not, as Mia claimed, in her home in Connecticut. Not wherever. (Woody has steadfastly denied it ever occurred.)

Mia gained main custody of her youngsters, however she was by no means confirmed completely in the precise.

Woody Allen and Mia Farrow attend a celebration in 1992.Ron Galella Collection through Getty Images
The truth stays that, irrespective of how a lot Mia and her supporters need the abuse to be true, New York state authorities mentioned they may not show the allegations and Connecticut child-abuse consultants concluded that Mia could have “coached’’ Dylan to lie about it. Mia’s adopted son, Moses, 43, additionally has lengthy maintained that his mom “brainwashed’’ Dylan into believing it.

Woody and Soon-Yi have been married since 1997, and have two adopted daughters. There has by no means been one other accusation of molestation towards him, earlier than or after the one with Dylan. Experts within the area say those that assault kids are likely to repeatedly commit these crimes.

The unhappy half is that Dylan Farrow appears to imagine she was Woody’s prey. She could by no means recuperate from these seemingly false reminiscences.

For that, the filmmakers, and Mia Farrow, needs to be ashamed.