Antony van Leeuwenhoek (film)

Author: 
Mol, J.C.
Publisher: 
Multifilm Haarlem
Year: 
1924

This film is two and a half hours long. My copy came from the Eye, the Dutch film institute, via Lesley Robertson, who got it on condition that it not be made public. I grabbed a screenshot of the house where Leeuwenhoek grew up on Delft's Oosteinde.

It's a silent film with title cards to explain what's going on. There is a brief biographical section, but most of the film is an attempt to see what Leeuwenhoek saw. It shows drawings that accompanied letters, sometimes the text from the letter describing the microbe, and then the same microbes through modern lenses. A couple of the sequences were shot through one of the surviving Leeuwenhoek microscopes.

The credits say that W. H. van Seters helped to make the film.