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William Friese-Green (Robert Donat) is a young British photographer who dreams of making the projection of moving images into a reality. Through various experiments, luck and sheer perseverance, he succeeds in creating a working motion picture camera. However, his achievement fails to capture public attention. Worse, his obsessive devotion to his ambitions causes him to neglect other aspects of his life, leaving William impoverished and causing emotional pain for those closest to him.

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Robert Donat
William Friese-Greene
Maria Schell
Helena Friese-Greene
Margaret Johnston
Edith Friese-Greene
Janette Scott
Ethel Friese-Greene
Bernard Miles
Cousin Alfred
Frederick Valk
Maurice Guttenberg
John Howard Davies
Maurice Friese-Greene
Eric Portman
Arthur Collings
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  • Dec 11, 2009
    Original and beautiful looking film about one of the inventors of the movie camera. Jack Cardiff's stark color cinematography along with John Boulting's great direction of the all-star cast is really worth seeing. What was original was how the flashbacks were handled. It starts off with Donat as a old man,then middle age, and then young, very original for the time and very effective. It goes into great detail on how William Friese-Green went from a great successful photographer to a obsessive scientist risking everything to develop a new medium. The scene between Donat and Olivier with the first viewing of motion pictures is amazing.
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