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F.W. Murnau (1888–1931)

He studied art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg. During World War I, he was a combat pilot. See full bio »

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Nosferatu Director
Sunrise Director
Faust Director
The Last Laugh
The Last Laugh Director


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3 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 14 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Murglie | Dr. F.W. Murnau | Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau


6' 4" (1.93 m)

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Don't act - think! See more »


Because his parents were against his ambition to go to the theater and because they also did not accept his homosexuality he changed his name from Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe to Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. See more »


Innovative use of light and dark shadowing to create a certain mood See more »

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