Awakening of Rip" is an 1896 American short black-and-white silent film, written and directed by William K.L. Dickson adapted from the play by his friend and investor Joseph Jefferson with Dion Boucicault based on the story of the same name by Washington Irving, featuring Joseph Jefferson as the ne’er-do-well Rip Van Winkle, who awakens from 20-years sleep to find himself an old man. The film was the seventh of an 8-part series which was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1995 and featured on the DVD release More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931. —Wikipedia
Although his accomplishments have been long overshadowed by his legendary mentor, Thomas Edison, as well as by the Lumière Brothers, a convincing argument can be made that British engineer William Kennedy (W.K.) Laurie Dickson was the true father of the film industry. Without Dickson’s dream of elevating the primitive concept of moving pictures to a form of popular entertainment virtually limitless in scope, the cinema might never have progressed beyond its original status as a novelty, a toy for children. Not only was he the movies’ most tireless early supporter, he was also the first true filmmaker, and every director from the Hollywood mainstream to the fringes of the avant-garde owes him a tremendous debt of gratitude.
Born in 1860 in Minihic-sur-Ranse, France, Dickson was 19 when he first contacted Edison to seek work at the inventor’s Menlo Park, NJ, laboratory. Dickson’s request was promptly refused, but four years later he boarded an oceanliner and traveled to the U.S… read more