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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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Known For

Sunrise
Sunrise Director
(1927)
Nosferatu
Nosferatu Director
(1922)
City Girl
City Girl Director
(1930)

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Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

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


Alternate Names:

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

Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)
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Personal Quote:

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:

In Tahiti he shot "Tabu" (1931) without any movie stars. The roles were impersonated by inhabitants of Tahiti. In order to finance this movie Murnau invested his whole fortune and in addition he also got into debt. Paramount was enthusiastic about his movie and they offered him a contract for ten years. See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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