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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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5 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)

Parents:

Plumpe, Heinrich

Relatives:

Plumpe, Robert (sibling) | See more »
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Don't act - think! See more »

Trivia:

He studied art history and philology in Berlin and Heidelberg, where he met renowned theatrical impresario Max Reinhardt (I). He was impressed by Murnau and admitted him to his acting school. There he not only learned acting but was also introduced to directing. See more »

Trademark:

Visual storytelling without intertitles. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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