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F.W. Murnau

Name in Native Language: "Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau" (German/DE)
Film Director / Screenwriter / Film Producer | * 12/28/1888 († 42, 03/11/1931) | Bielefeld, North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (born Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe; December 28, 1888 – March 11, 1931) 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 in the Imperial German Army, initially as an infantry company commander on the Eastern Front. Murnau later transferred to the German Army's Flying Corps, as an observer/gunner, and survived several crashes without any severe injuries. One of Murnau's acclaimed works is the film Nosferatu (1922), an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Although not a commercial success, owing to copyright issues with Stoker's estate, the film is considered a masterpiece of German Expressionist cinema. He later directed the film The Last Laugh (1924), as well as a 1926 interpretation of Goethe's Faust. He emigrated to Hollywood in 1926, where he joined the Fox Studio and made three films: Sunrise (1927), ..."> ()
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Friedrich Wilhelm "F. W." Murnau was one of the most influential German film directors of the silent era, and a prominent figure in the expressionist movement in German cinema during the 1920s. Although some of Murnau's films have been lost, most still survive.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Documentaries | Horror

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Movies with F.W. Murnau as Actor(5)

as Himself (archival footage) (uncredited)2008 Murnau, Borzage and Fox
as Himself (archive footage)2003 The Way to Murnau
as Himself (archive footage)2002 Los 5 Faust de F. W. Murnau
as Dancer (uncredited)1927 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
as himself1924 The Film in the Film

Movies with F.W. Murnau as Crew(25)

Directing/Director1940 Hunting in the South Seas
Directing/Director1931 Tabu
Writing/Screenplay1931 Tabu
Production/Producer1931 Tabu
Directing/Director1930 City Girl
Directing/Director1928 4 Devils
Directing/Director1927 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Directing/Director1926 Faust
Directing/Director1925 Tartuffe
Directing/Director1924 The Last Laugh
Writing/Writer1924 Comedy of the Heart
Directing/Director1924 The Finances of the Grand Duke
Directing/Director1923 Driven from Home
Directing/Director1922 Nosferatu
Directing/Director1922 Marizza
Directing/Director1922 Phantom
Directing/Director1922 The Burning Soil
Directing/Director1921 Desire
Directing/Director1921 Journey Into the Night
Directing/Director1921 The Haunted Castle
Directing/Director1920 The Head of Janus
Directing/Director1920 Satanas
Directing/Director1920 Evening - Night - Morning
Directing/Director1920 Der Bucklige und die Tänzerin
Directing/Director1919 Emerald of Death

Citizenship: Germany
Born: Friday, 12/28 1888 (December) in Bielefeld
Died: Wednesday, 03/11 1931 (March) in Santa Barbara (aged: 42)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn (Chinese zodiac sign: Rat)
Languages: German (DE)
Educated at: Heidelberg University
Other names for F.W. Murnau (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe"
"Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau"
"Dr. F.W. Murnau"
"F. W. Murnau"
F.W. Murnau frequently works together with these people:
Edgar G. Ulmer (10x, Crew)
Karl Freund (9x, Crew)
Erich Pommer (7x, Crew)
Carl Mayer (7x, Crew)
Thea von Harbou (5x, Crew)
Emil Jannings (5x, Actor)
Conrad Veidt (5x, Actor)
Walter Röhrig (5x, Crew)
Robert Herlth (5x, Crew)
Carl Hoffmann (5x, Crew)
Rochus Gliese (4x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:193455, Added: 07/17/2018, Last updated: 09/26/2020