Alex Sheremet presents one of the most thorough and considered critiques on Woody Allen�s complete body of cinema work as well as the critical debates that surround it � but his text is only part of the full story.
Woody Allen: Reel to Real is the first DigiDialogue from Take2Publishing � a product and a process where the author inspires a discourse between and amongst himself and his audience �
Everyone has an opinion of Woody Allen, whether those opinions come from a learned perspective, or from the tabloids � and Sheremet's excitingly exhaustive analysis is the perfect fodder to generate and further this unique form of dialogue
The genesis of this DigiDialogue is the Woody Allen:Reel to Real website, established some months ago to have Sheremet and his 'readers' further explore, expand and explain the theses he presents. On that site one can find a combination of faithful summaries of the key chapters of this book and one key chapter in its entirety � all married to dedicated 'Comment Boxes' that serve to propagate the dialogue.
This version of the book contains Sheremet�s complete and original text in its entirety plus the initial dialogue that ensued from the DigiDialogue web-site.
The dialogue between Sheremet and noted writers and critics, including Jonathan Rosenbaum and Dan Schneider, highlight much of Sheremet's unique perspective on Woody Allen and Sheremet's view of the debates that accompany him.
Updated versions of this book will be released in the future, containing the continuing dialogue � and will be made available to all official purchasers free of charge. (The details can be found in the Publisher's Note inside the book.)
According to John Pruzanski, managing publisher of Take2 Publishing, "the advent and popular uptake of eBooks finally provides the platform to open up the publishing world to new forms and factors and DigiDialogues have been specifically formulated to perform the task of bringing the readers into the publishing process."
About the Author
Alex�s debut novel, A Few Streets More To Kensington, deals with classic tropes of childhood � nostalgia, curiosity, and the wars of self � now transposed to the streets of Brooklyn, and examined through an artist�s reluctant gaze. Rich, melancholy, and contemplative, the tale follows its protagonist well into his teenage years, and inevitably asks the same questions that have already been parsed for millennia. Yet, for all that, violence, friendship, video games, femme fatales, 9/11, and Hasidic Jews abound, for while this may not have been your reality, it certainly was the narrator�s, and that of many others. The book, therefore, subsists on the �magic� of the 1990s, and remains one of the few comprehensive depictions of that era � even as it transcends it, too.
Alex�s second book, Doors And Exits: Some Cues From A Study Of Two Extremes, is a �docudrama� that probes the follies and accomplishments of the 21st Century, all within the world of a single, fictional school in New York City. Beginning with three philosophical axioms that, in the narrator�s mind, define the universe and its machinations, the book adjusts, rejects, and renews them till the very end. But while the book�s �place� may be a fabrication, its conflicts are not, for its characters (kids, teachers, and those somewhere in between) have a reality someplace, somewhere, and will repeat themselves � ad nauseam � for as long as we�re recognizably human. This is the little-known difference between Truth and Reality, and Alex�s novel � a �genuine fake�! � straddles both.
Woody Allen: Reel To Real is the most comprehensive analysis of Woody Allen�s films ever published, and is the summation of everything that he�s learned thus far in cinema. Hailed as a �seminal� and �revolutionary� book by poet and critic Dan Schneider (Cosmoetica), Alex�s style of criticism is straightforward, beginning with a single assertion: that art can (and should!) be evaluated, and that a critic�s job is above all to evaluate. His hope is that the reader will come away knowing more of art and cinema as a whole, and be able to apply these ideas to new art-works in a way that�s logically consistent and self-sufficient, all the while avoiding the common pitfalls of artistic criticism. Woody Al
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**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review While I've only ever watched one Woody Allen film, and I didn't get the humor of it, I've always been curious as to why so many people loved Woody Allen's films. Especially considering the tabloid stories that follow him around. Because of this, I decided to give this book a try to get a better understanding. The author delivers a chronological order of each of Woody Allen's movies. He includes in-depth details about each movie, including critiques and Woodie Allen's own opinion, both good and bad. The way the author describes each reminds me that these movies shouldn't be taken so seriously and accept them for what they are. The only critique I would have takes place in the preface when the author gives the impression that he feels everyone should be a huge fan. I can't say that I'll now have a Woody Allen movie marathon, but if I ever catch one of his movies, I'll be more willing to watch them. The author did give me a better understanding and appreciation for him.