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William Friese-Greene (1855–1921)


He died a few minutes after giving a speech to a meeting of film distributors at the Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, London. It is reported that he had, in his pocket, 1s. 10d. (one shilling and tenpence), which was all the money he owned; after the First World War he and his family were poverty stricken, and his wife had left him in 1917. See more trivia »


(age 65) in London, England, UK

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 1920 Kino the Girl of Colour (Documentary short)
 1889 Hyde Park Corner (Short)
 1888 Brighton Street Scene (Documentary short)
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 1889 Hyde Park Corner (Short)
 1888 Brighton Street Scene (Documentary short)
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 1914 The Earl of Camelot (Short) (producer)

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He began his work in photography aged 14, with a apprenticeship at a local photographer's studio (Maurice Guttenberg), and then, aged 18, he opened his own studio building up a reputation and opening four shops of his own in Bristol, Plymouth and Bath.

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Articles | See more »

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The film industry paid for his funeral and his gravestone, in Highgate Cemetary, bears a specially commissioned monument by Sir Edwin Luytens. His tombstone bears the inscription "the inventor of Kinematography" and the patent number 10,131. See more »

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