Double your pleasure, comfortably, with two stunners now watchable on Netflix.
“Operation Mincemeat” is a captivating, engrossing enactment of a British 1943 mission of deception, a key to eventually besting the Germans in WWII; director John Madden (“Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, “Shakespeare in Love”, “Miss Sloane”) with actors Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen portray an intensely intelligent, fiercely detailed plot to deceive the Germans; a corpse is the tool of trickery, straddled with falsified documents indicating Allied forces planned invasion of Greece and Sardinia, instead of Sicily; Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyn give evocative performances as the officers who masterminded the subterfuge. Fascinating, is that author Ian Fleming (James Bond legacy), (first-rate, Johnny Flynn) narrates the progression of the operation as assistant to British director of naval intelligence. A succinct complication of prescient writing, intrigue, action, British wit, lend refinement, and class to “Operation Mincemeat”.
“THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF JERUSALEM” (HEBREW: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
As a major advocate of Israeli television series (“Fauda”, “Shtisel”, “Hostages”, “Prisoners of War”, “When Heroes Fly”) this “beauty” has all the ingredients of a “moveable feast”: tension between the British Mandate, Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews, from the Ottoman Empire until the establishment of the state of Israel (1948); the saga follows the Sephardic Armoza family; heartthrob Michael Aloni from “Shtisel” and “When Heroes Fly” depicts “Gavriel Armoza”, bifurcated by his arranged marriage to “Rose” (Hila Saada) ) and the titillating beauty “Rochel” (Yuval Scharf); Aloni is an actor of consummate empathy and sensitivity capable of searing majesty in his every undertaking, impossible to ignore. After five mesmerizing episodes, I am concretely invested, committed to 22 more!