Beneath a Scarlet Sky

I feel like my old self! Yahoo. May the next round of pesky cysts take a decade to grow to the size of melons instead of a year.

So, as I was lying around for the last two months, I watched a lot of stuff and that’s it. It was stuff. I am not finding anything on Netflix that is capturing my interest. There are only a couple of movies worth talking about. I thought I’d share that pair in my next post.

I find I’m retreating to books for entertainment. One I can recommend is the 2017 historical fiction account of a Milan teenager who shares his heroic WWII spy story. Pino Lella is in his 90s and told his story to author Mark Sullivan. Pino was a homegrown Alpen hiker and skier who helped a Catholic priest send Jews over the Italian Alps to freedom. In the second half of the account, Pino agreed to become a spy by being the personal driver to a high ranking Nazi official. He also found time to fall in love. This is a personal narrative that has enough adventure to entertain anyone. It’s an easy read and one of those true stories that make you marvel about the resilience of the human race. True entertainment. 4.3/5.

Tom Holland and Pino Lella

Spider-Man star Tom Holland reteams with former Sony Pictures boss Amy Pascal through her Pascal Pictures company to star in the film version of Mark Sullivan’s book. The director and script are unchosen as of today. You have time to read the book first before the film comes out. It has the potential to be a huge hit if they can find the right director and screenwriter.

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  1. By coincidence, I bought that book on Kindle, two days ago. I have yet to read it, but glad to hear your recommendation. And the news of your recovery is a complete joy to me, of course. 🙂 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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  2. This looks like an interesting read Cindy. Yes I know what you mean about the current crop of offerings on cable or the internet. We are very selective. Georgine likes the old time movies. I detest free to air sit coms and mindless foolishness. lol. I like historical novels and true life experiences and some of the BBC series. We watched a series on The Monsoon and it’s affects on world wide weather. Well produced. I learned a lot from that. Pulled that series off YouTube. Because we have had a lot of experience in Asia we sometimes watch Asian movies with a good theme.


  3. Great post 🙂 Glad to hear that you recovered well 🙂 Beyond a Scarlet Sky sounds pretty good, maybe I should check If a bookstore around me has it or just order it on Amazon. The story really sounds interesting. Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂


    1. Another director comes to mind, the one that directed Freda staring Selma Hyack. My husband also enjoyed it. We both watched it over and over again…..great movie.

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  4. Cindy, I just read this book on holiday in the Canary Islands. Most enjoyable, I couldn’t put it down. Definitely good film material. Let’s hope they do the book justice. Kind regards. Andrew (UK)

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      1. Looks like it is going to be on TV !!……. “Soon to be a major television event from Pascal Pictures, starring Tom Holland. Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA Today and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours” Data from: Goodreads · Amazon


  5. I was just doing a web search trying desperately to find any info on the status of the movie. There’s absolutely nothing since 2017..?? You seem to have the most recent updates. Do you know why this deal hasn’t moved forward in almost 3 YEARS? There are sooo many bad movies out there, I’ve been eagerly anticipating this one for so long. But at this rate even if they started production tomorrow, we wouldn’t see it on our screens for at least another 2 years.

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    1. Welcome, Jennifer. It sounds like its in Development Hell. I know producer Amy Pascal picked up the rights in 2017 and Tom Holland (Spiderman) is the star, but production is obviously stalled, and I do not know why. I have hopes whatever issues there are will be worked out. I can’t wait to see the film. I thank you very much for stopping by!


  6. This was the best book I ever read. I never had a book affect me emotionally as this one did. When I completed the book I wanted to fly to Milan and shake Pinots hand. How he survived all the things he went through I’ll never know. I don’t go to movies but I’ll be the first in line for this one if it’s ever made.

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