Available on Netflix, The Battle of the Scheldt looks back at a little-known WWII military operation. Here are 3 things to know about the set of this Dutch war movie.
Revisiting a little-known historic battle of World War II, The Battle of the Scheldt follows the crossed paths of a British glider pilot, a Dutch soldier who joined the German forces and a reluctant recruit from the resistance. .
This war film available on Netflix has the means of its ambitions to highlight this crucial operation which made it possible to launch the final offensive against the Germans. Here are 3 things to know about The Battle of the Scheldt.
The second most expensive Dutch film in history
Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., to whom we owed the remake of The Thing in 2011, The Battle of the Scheldt is the first Dutch film produced by Netflix in collaboration with Levitate Film and Caviar Films.
With a substantial budget of 14 million euros, this war film is the second most expensive Dutch feature film in history behind Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book, released in 2006.
With substantial resources, a strong plot inspired by major real events and a calibrated staging, The Battle of the Scheldt is a poignant and effective war film.
Filming mostly in Lithuania
Although the plot of The Battle of the Scheldt takes place in the Netherlands, it turned out to be nearly impossible for the film crew to shoot in Holland for several environmental reasons, including protected animal species but also windmills. modern wind blowers located around the original site of the battle, which would have been too expensive to digitally erase.
The boxing of the war film was therefore mainly done in Lithuania and the team of The Battle of the Scheldt rented a parcel of unused agricultural land on which an entire dam was built especially for the scene of the battle. .
A masterful work on sound
Sound effects editor on Starship Troopers and Letters by Iwo Jima, Charles Maynes has arranged some of the sounds of The Battle of the Scheldt, which contains over 1,700 distinct audio tracks. Some sounds had to be purchased, like that of the Russian T-34 tank because there was only one good recording.
Other sounds have been created from scratch. This is the case with the shooting of the German machine gun Maschinengewehr 42 or MG-42, feared by the Allied soldiers and nicknamed “Hitler’s circular saw” because this weapon could fire 1300 rounds per minute and that its fire power could tear the bodies. The teams mixed real sounds of laundry and paper tearing to reproduce this devastating effect.