Alex Sheremet presents one of the most thorough and considered critiques of Woody Allen’s complete body of cinema work as well as the critical debates that surround it in his just-released eBook, Woody Allen: Reel to Real … but Sheremet’s text is only part of the full story.
New York, NY November 23, 2014
Take2 Publishing is proud to launch Alex Sheremet’s Woody Allen: Reel to Real, its first published DigiDialogue … a product and a process where the author inspires a discourse between and amongst himself and his audience which is then compiled and published.
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.
According to Dan Schneider, noted critic, author and founder of Cosmoetica, “Woody Allen: Reel To Real is a seminal book in film criticism that eschews the lowest common denominator thumbs up/thumbs down approach to film criticism, in favor of an in depth and objective look at the films, themselves, as works of art.” Calling it a “revolutionary tool,” he hopes that it will “inspire a younger generation of art critics, in all forms and genre, to transcend their own limits, just as every cineaste and art aesthete hopes to do for themselves.”
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 first 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 the aforementioned 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, as well as Sheremet’s essay-length responses to his own critics … 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.)
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About Alex Sheremet
Alex Sheremet is a young writer from Belarus. A poet, critic, and novelist, he became interested in film as a means of furthering his own art, and chose to stay because of everything else that film has taught him.
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 & 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.
Alex’s third book (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 Allen’s films are especially conducive to this view, for while not everyone has thought, felt, or suffered what his characters do, Woody’s creations still depict reality -- however small a portion -- and subsist within it. To miss this is to miss the work, and simply be left with one’s own biases and limitations.
Alex graduated Valedictorian of Macaulay Honors College in New York City with a BA in Classical Studies, English, and Education. His work has appeared on Cosmoetica, BlogCritics, Scholastic, and other publications.