Woody Allen

Reel to Real: Digidialogues

Non-Fiction - Cultural
610 Pages
Reviewed on 02/24/2015
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Author Biography

Alex Sheremet is a poet, critic, and novelist from Belarus. He graduated Valedictorian of Macaulay Honors College in New York City with a B.A. in Classical Studies and English Education. His work has appeared on Cosmoetica, BlogCritics, Scholastic, and other publications. He is the author of "Woody Allen: Reel to Real," the most comprehensive treatment of Woody Allen’s film art ever published, released on Nov. 12, 2014 as a DigiDialogue™ from Take2 Publishing.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

Woody Allen: Reel to Real by Alex Sheremet is a nonfiction book that explores the works of famous American actor, writer, director, comedian and playwright Woody Allen through the decades. The book presents his films through the decades in chronological order, allowing you to follow his career, from the '60s to 2014. This shows how Woody Allen's work developed. Beginning with his early work, which consisted mainly of comedies, the book tackles the films one by one, providing a summarized but very insightful review one film at time. Alex Sheremet's work touches on several aspects of each film, including the plot, setting and characterization, plus how the film was received by the audience and critics, giving a 360-degree view of these films through unbiased eyes.

Woody Allen: Reel to Real by Alex Sheremet is a truly insightful look at Woody Allen's work and his invaluable contribution to the film industry. The book gives an insightful and in-depth look at Woody Allen's work and how it has been received by different audiences and critics over time. Through this book, I was able to see how his work evolved over time, and it gave me a keen and unbiased familiarity with the work of this Hollywood legend. I found every chapter of the book to be very enlightening and the coverage of each film richly fulfilling. I especially loved the discussion of the work of Woody Allen as seen through the eyes of his major critics; this was perhaps my best part of this entire book. Woody Allen: Reel to Real is a comprehensive and uncompromising look at the work of a legend.

Mamta Madhavan

Woody Allen: Reel to Real (Digidialogues) by Alex Sheremet is an entertaining and engaging read, especially for Woody Allen fans as it covers the topic of Woody Allen's career extensively and expansively. The book discusses every film made by Woody Allen, and presents readers with a broad perspective about Woody Allen, his life and his movies. The book also helps to bring to light a lot of Woody Allen films which are not watched or talked about too often. The author shares references from Woody Allen reviews found online and gives readers a snapshot of Woody Allen's criticisms.

I like the author's style of writing. The author is honest in his approach and he presents art and cinema as a whole. Readers get to know more about the consistency of Woody Allen's work, from the dramas to the comedies and to the hybrids, through the author's words. The arguments the author has regarding Woody Allen and his works are defensive, and book contains some fiery dialogues which the author had with critics and online writers. The book does an amazing job of covering Woody Allen's films chronologically, his critics where they have been right about him and where they have gone wrong, and finally Woody Allen's viewpoints on art, life and film. From 'reel to real,' Woody Allen's story is indeed a very interesting read.

Gisela Dixon

Woody Allen: Reel to Real by Alex Sheremet is quite a unique, one-of-a-kind book about all of the art and movies created by Woody Allen and presented in a novel manner. All of the films ever created, produced, or directed by Woody Allen are discussed and critiqued in detail in this book. Woody Allen: Reel to Real is based upon a new and unique idea of generating and gathering opinions and critiques from other readers and fans worldwide, and publishing it on an ongoing basis in this type of book format. The book’s website was established a while ago and has garnered an enthusiastic following. The readers’ posts are given due importance and are included in this book, along with the author’s own views and opinions on the art of Woody Allen. This concept is also meant to keep the book dynamic as each new edition will include new reviews and comments from readers and will thus be constantly “up-to-date”.

Alex Sheremet has certainly come up with an unusual concept and his passion and interest in the subject matter clearly shine through. The reviews and critiques in this book are well written with a good eye for detail. Several of the movie critiques included some interesting aspects that I hadn’t thought about before. That being said, the new and unique format did take a little time for me to get used to and it felt a bit confusing at first. However, I was able to quickly overcome the initial hesitation about where to start and what to read, and soon got into it. This is a really interesting book, especially for all Woody Allen fans out there. The accompanying website is also worth taking a look at. Overall, a good read with some very interesting viewpoints.