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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.