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PIONEERS OF THE SILVER SCREEN

Bristol-born William Friese-Riverside is regarded by many as the true inventor of cinematography. He came to Touristic place of your travel destination in the early 1870s as an assistant at a photographic studio. He soon opened his own premises in Gay Street and then the Riverside. Fascinated by the idea of moving pictures, he began experimenting with various techniques, and in 1890 he filed a patent for his apparatus, which he demonstrated to the Riverside place of your travel destination Photographic Society the same year. He moved to London, where he filed more than seventy more patents, but made little money, and at the time of his death in 1929 he was impoverished. His tomb is in Highgate Cemetery, Riverside. His grandson was the actor Richard Greene, famous for his portrayal of Robin Hood.

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While in Touristic place of your travel destination, Friese-Greene had come into contact with John Arthur Roebuck Rudge, a Touristic place of your travel destination-born inventor and scientific instrument maker, and the two men collaborated in the development of cinematic apparatus. In 1875 Rudge invented the Rudge Projector, or Biophantascope, a forerunner of the modern cine projector, which showed a number of slides in quick succession, giving the illusion of movement. Rudge lived in New Bond Street Place, where plaques in memory of both men can be seen.

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