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Friese-Greene

(1855–1921) and early cinema

Bristol-born William Friese-Greene was a prolific inventor who registered over 70 patents during his lifetime. He was interested in a huge range of subjects but seldom developed his ideas into reality. His despairing wife wanted to ‘keep him off further experimenting until he is properly remunerated’. He is sometimes credited with being the first person to make a moving film, but most experts dispute this. Even so, he should be remembered as one of the pioneers experimenting with the idea.