Well, it’s Thursday, May 7, 2020, the 75th anniversary of Germany’s signing of the unconditional surrender documents at Allied headquarters in Reims, France, which ended the European phase of World War II. Actually, the May 7 signing at Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s headquarters was the first surrender ceremony; Soviet dictator Josef Stalin protested that the Red Army officer who affixed his signature to the Reims document had not been authorized to do so, so a second surrender ceremony was quickly arranged in Berlin to appease the Communist warlord. That’s why May 8, not May 7, is commemorated as Victory in Europe Day (VE-Day), especially in Russia.
I was going to write a review of the 1981 suspense film Eye of the Needle today, but I just don’t feel motivated enough. I bought it a few days ago – thus adding the 296th movie to my Blu-ray collection, which now consists of 296 feature films and 47 TV seasons according to the stats on my Blu-ray.com “Collection” page – and watched it last night.
Based on a 1978 novel by Ken Follett and directed by Richard Marquand from a screenplay by Stanley Mann, Eye of the Needle stars Donald Sutherland as Nazi spy Henry Faber, a coldly-calculating intelligence operative who stumbles on one of the Allies’ biggest secrets of the war. Under orders from Adolf Hitler himself, Faber must leave wartime England via U-boat and deliver his information to the Fuhrer in person. Only one thing stands in his way – a British family that is among the few inhabitants of the aptly named Storm Island. Can Faber – nicknamed “the Needle” for his penchant of killing anyone in his way with a deadly stiletto – make his rendezvous with the German submarine and change the course of World War II? Or will the beautiful Lucy (Kate Nelligan) and her crippled husband, former RAF pilot David (Christopher Cazenove) thwart his escape?
On the positive end of the spectrum, not only did I write a comprehensive review of William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the Second, but I also finished one of the books on my “Currently Reading” list: The World Unmade: The History of the Great War, 1914-1918, by G.J. Meyer. World War I is probably the modern conflict I know the least about, even though it’s the catalyst of every major war or geopolitical dilemma that we have experienced since then. So to fill that gap in my knowledge bank, I’ve bought a few books on the subject, including Meyer’s companion book, The World Remade: America in World War I.
I don’t know if I’ll write that review of Eye of the Needle later this afternoon; it’s not quite 1 PM where I live, so it’s possible. Right now, though, I don’t really want to. I just feel like kicking back and watching a movie or read another book on my ever-growing TBR stack.
And on that note, I think I’ll wrap this post up. So, Dear Reader, until next time, I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.