Florian Schmidtke and Alexander Scheer in Blood & Gold (2023)

Czech-shot WWII adventure ‘Blood & Gold’ premieres on Netflix

Blood & Gold, a WWII action-adventure that was filmed on Czech locations outside of Prague last year, Premieres on Netflix today. The streaming service released the first official trailer for the new movie last month.

Blood & Gold is directed by German filmmaker Peter Thorwarth, who previously made the vampires-on-a-plane horror film Blood Red Sky for Netflix. Blood Red Sky was also shot in and around Prague, but other than the word ‘blood’ in the title, the films are not related.

Inspired by the spaghetti westerns made by filmmakers like Sergio Leone, Blood & Gold follows a German soldier (Robert Maaser) looking for his daughter at the end of the second World War, and a young woman (Marie Hacke) in a village besieged by Nazis looking for hidden Jewish treasure.

Alexander Scheer and Florian Schmidtke, who also starred in Thorwarth’s Blood Red Sky, play Nazi officers in Blood & Gold, which also features Roy McCrerey, Stephan Grossmann, and Juri Senft. While Blood Red Sky was primarily in English, Blood & Gold is presented in German.

Blood & Gold was primarily shot on rural locations outside of Prague, including castles at Křivoklát and Točník. The Údolí ticha nature trail outside of Křivoklát also served as a filming location.

Portions of Blood & Gold were also shot in Králův Dvůr and Nižbor in the Czech Republic’s Central Bohemian Region, and Výsluní in the Ústí nad Labem Region.

The locations throughout the Czech Republic fill in for those in rural Germany at the end of WWII in the mid-1940s. Local production of Blood & Gold was coordinated by Sirena Film for German producer Rat Pack Filmproduktion.

Robert Maaser in Blood & Gold (2023)
Robert Maaser in Blood & Gold (2023)

Czech crew were utilized for the production of the film, and include Prague-based sound mixer Viktor Prášil, who was recently nominated for an Oscar for his work on All Quiet on the Western Front.

The trailer for Blood & Gold is set to a German-language folk version of The Rolling Stones’ Paint it Black, which was covered by no less than Czech legend Karel Gott.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at expats.cz and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at MaArtial.com.

One Response

  1. As an older guy in US who protested war and inhumanity to humanity I thought this movie hit on many valid overtones of what oppression brings and how to stop it. The scene of handicapped brother in church steeple was deep as they were in line for death in Nazi Germany. The message of fellow Germans rising to fight the insanity is important message to be heard. With more info was exposed how Germany, and US reacted to alternative thinking. Peace please.

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