J.C. Mol: How a Dutch film master was forced to make Japanese propaganda
Jan Cornelis Mol was the son of a fruit grower. He was born in 1891 in Venhuizen.
At the age of 19, he took over the family business and successfully became the director of a fruit auction.
Photographic pocket bookThis 'Fotografisch zakboek' is one of his publications.
In this film he shows the process of crystallization.
Filming this through a microscope opens up hidden worlds.
Mol also used his skills to express his sense of humor...
... like making this boy eating a banana in reverse.
In the 1930's, Multifilm was the only production company in the Netherlands that could film in colour.
The company also gained a high reputation abroad.
Mol's films traveled from the small city of Haarlem to the metropolis of Paris and surprised many people.
The Japanese film makers returned back home, equipped with the skills they learned from Mol.
They started producing their own scientific films, like this one from 1948 called 'Living Bread'.