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Subject: Bad Sound and Out of Sync
A mini history of the Netherlands before and during WWII. Describes the way they reclaimed land from the sea - for centuries; which was an awesome accomplishment. The Nazi invasion and subsequent Allied counteroffensive turned the whole place into a gigantic muddy mess - apparently with many casualties. And to think this film was made before the big storm of Febuary 1953 which once again breached the dikes and caused extensive loss of life and unimaginable damage.
The post war years have apparently been industrious and no doubt costly but today, walking around the Netherlands, you'd never believe the condition this country was in at the end of WWII.
The sound in this film is scratchy and becomes progressively more and more out of sync - ending before the film does. But so what... the filmography is very good, and this is one of a very few films I've run across outlining the land reclamation projects of the early 20th century; and the collossal destruction of Holland that WWII brought. Definitely worth a look but you'll have to put up with bad sound.