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F. W. Murnau

1888 - 1931

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Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (born Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe; December 28, 1888 – March 11, 1931) was a German film director, producer and screenwriter. He is regarded as one of cinema's most influential filmmakers for his work in the silent era.An erudite child with an early interest in film, Murnau eventually studied philology and art before director Max Reinhardt recruited him to his acting school. During World War I he served in the Imperial German Army, initially as an infantry company commander and later with the German Army's Flying Corps as an observer/gunner. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of F. W. Murnau has received more than 1,041,555 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). F. W. Murnau is the 72nd most popular film director (down from 69th in 2019), the 444th most popular biography from Germany (down from 422nd in 2019) and the 6th most popular German Film Director.

F. W. Murnau is most famous for his 1922 film Nosferatu, which is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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Among film directors, F. W. Murnau ranks 72 out of 1,581Before him are Terry Gilliam, Luc Besson, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Franco Zeffirelli, David Cronenberg, and Chuck Jones. After him are Frank Capra, John Huston, Costa-Gavras, Robert Bresson, Dziga Vertov, and Ernst Lubitsch.

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Among people born in 1888, F. W. Murnau ranks 22Before him are Friedrich Fromm, Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Friedrich Olbricht, C. V. Raman, Johannes Itten, and Roland Garros. After him are Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Alexander Friedmann, Herbert Spencer Gasser, T. S. Eliot, Eugene O'Neill, and Gerrit Rietveld. Among people deceased in 1931, F. W. Murnau ranks 17Before him are Erik Axel Karlfeldt, George Herbert Mead, Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca, Theo van Doesburg, Joseph Joffre, and Carl Nielsen. After him are Bhagat Singh, Hermann Müller, Peter Kürten, Eugène Ysaÿe, Carin Göring, and Akseli Gallen-Kallela.

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Among people born in Germany, F. W. Murnau ranks 444 out of 6,142Before him are Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (1750), Hans Fischer (1881), Frederick III, Elector of Saxony (1463), Walther von Reichenau (1884), Bernhard von Bülow (1849), and Felix Klein (1849). After him are Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (1662), Niklas Luhmann (1927), Jochen Rindt (1942), Wilhelm List (1880), Josef Kramer (1906), and Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895).


Among film directors born in Germany, F. W. Murnau ranks 6Before him are Leni Riefenstahl (1902), Wim Wenders (1945), Michael Haneke (1942), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945), and Werner Herzog (1942). After him are Ernst Lubitsch (1892), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Roland Emmerich (1955), Volker Schlöndorff (1939), Max Ophüls (1902), and Robert Siodmak (1900).