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Top 10 films shot in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam, one of the Venice of the North

Amsterdam is nicknamed, like Bruges in Belgium, Saint Petersburg in Russia or Stockholm in Sweden, the Venice of the North. Its many flooded streets, historic sites and colourful houses provide an ideal setting for multiple shoots. Discover the top 10.

Our opposing stars

In this film, three teenagers with cancer travel to Amsterdam to meet a novelist. Among the filming locations, Peter Van Houten’s house at 158 Vondelstraat, the Hotel Pillows Anna van den Vondel, known in the film as Hotel De Filosoof, where the three heroes are staying, and finally the famous bench at the end of this street in Leidsegracht near Herengracht are easily recognisable.

Hitman and Bodyguard

The shooting of one of the scenes in this film caused a great deal of fright to many inhabitants. A chase between the police and several vehicles including cars, motorcycles and boats took place in the streets of the city. A local resident, Bry Kate, was able to film several of her spectacular scenes, but without any danger.

Ocean’s Twelve

Having to find 197 million dollars in only two weeks, the gang of Danny Ocean (Georges Clooney) is reuniting for more impressive heists. These different flights take them to Amsterdam, Rome, Paris and Sicily. Kalverstraat, a busy shopping street, the Original Dampkring coffee shop and the Pulitzer Hotel appear on the screen.

Turkish Delights

A Dutch film directed by Paul Verhoeven, Turkish Délices is provocative, beautiful, deeply political and dramatic. Nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1974, the feature film won the Golden Calf for Best Dutch Film of the Century at the Dutch Film Festival. It is therefore difficult to miss filming locations in Amsterdam such as the Prins Hendrikkade Avenue located north of the city centre.

Diamonds are eternal

Coming to Amsterdam to meet Tiffany Case (Jill St John), James Bond (Sean Connery) also takes advantage of the city’s landscape. The channels are mainly used for filming, as well as the Magere Brug. This bascule bridge rises several times a day to let barges pass and is illuminated in the evening by 1,200 lanterns. So shooting here was a brilliant idea.

Bad Boys II

Miami in the Netherlands, a dream that seemed impossible and yet, Michael Bay made it happen. A chase sequence from this action film was shot in the port of Amsterdam. Impossible to know if sailors were singing there, but knowing the habits of the American director, the outboard motors must have resounded throughout the city.

The Young Girl with the Pearl

Adapted from Tracy Chevalier’s novel, itself inspired by the famous painting by Johannes Vermeer, The Girl with the Pearl also takes advantage of the beauty of the city streets for the filming, although most of the scenes were shot in the painter’s hometown, Delft.

The Diary of Anne Frank

Anne Frank, world-famous for her famous diary, is of course an Amsterdam author to be reckoned with. His house, located at Prinsengracht numbers 263-267, is a place of pilgrimage that must be visited.

Death in the Skin

Amsterdam is one of the cities where Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) goes on his quest for revenge. However, the city was only filmed in a few wide shots, the film crew actually went to Berlin for the scenes concerning the Dutch city.

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

The film deals with a news item: the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, grandson of the founder of the famous Dutch beer brand. The shooting of this detective film took place in Belgium, in New Orleans and in Amsterdam, notably on the Amstelveld, a small square in the city.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

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