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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
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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)
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He created what are now considered milestones in German cinema. One of his best known was Der letze mann (1925), with an impressive Emil Jannings as a doorman who was relegated from a bell captain in a bright uniform to a cloakroom attendant. It is also considered a trend-setter for the "liberation" of the then heavy camera from the tripod. For the first time the camera moves together with the ... 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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