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F.W. Murnau (1888–1931)


F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air force, surviving several crashes without any severe... See full bio »

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Sunrise Director
(1927)
Nosferatu Director
(1922)
The Burning Soil Director
(1922)

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3 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 17 Articles | See more »


Alternate Names:

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

Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)
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I think films of the future will use more and more of these "camera angles" or, as I prefer to call them, these "dramatic angles". They help photograph thought.[1928] See more »

Trivia:

Together with documentary film pioneer Robert J. Flaherty, Murnau traveled to Bora Bora to make Tabu (1931). Flaherty left after "artistic disputes" with Murnau, who had to finish the movie on his own. It was censored upon release in the US to remove scenes of nudity of some local Polynesian women. See more »

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

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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