Antony van Leeuwenhoek (film)

Mol, J.C.
Multifilm Haarlem

This film, two and a half hours long, is directed by J.C. Mol. The actual film is in the collection of the Eye Museum in Amsterdam. However, they have posted it to YouTube: Antony van Leeuwenhoek.

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 (see ad on right; click to enlarge) say that W. H. van Seters helped to make the film.