Fritz Lang

1890 - 1976

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Friedrich Christian Anton Lang (German: [ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈkʁɪsti̯an ˈantɔn laŋ]; December 5, 1890 – August 2, 1976), better known as Fritz Lang ([fʁɪt͡s laŋ]), was an Austrian-American film director, screenwriter, and producer who worked in Germany and later the United States. One of the best-known émigrés from Germany's school of Expressionism, he was dubbed the "Master of Darkness" by the British Film Institute. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fritz Lang has received more than 2,613,755 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Fritz Lang is the 31st most popular film director, the 59th most popular biography from Austria (up from 65th in 2019) and the most popular Austrian Film Director.

Fritz Lang is most famous for his film Metropolis, which was one of the first science fiction films.

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Among film directors, Fritz Lang ranks 31 out of 2,041Before him are Agnès Varda, Georges Méliès, Michelangelo Antonioni, George Lucas, Miloš Forman, and Konstantin Stanislavski. After him are Roger Vadim, Quentin Tarantino, Andrzej Wajda, Tinto Brass, Tim Burton, and Ken Loach.

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Among people born in 1890, Fritz Lang ranks 12Before him are Friedrich Paulus, Vyacheslav Molotov, Boris Pasternak, Egon Schiele, Karel Čapek, and Alfred Jodl. After him are Kurt Lewin, George II of Greece, Lawrence Bragg, Colonel Sanders, Stan Laurel, and Man Ray. Among people deceased in 1976, Fritz Lang ranks 9Before him are Martin Heidegger, Werner Heisenberg, Howard Hughes, Alvar Aalto, Luchino Visconti, and Zhou Enlai. After him are Max Ernst, Jean Gabin, Bernard Montgomery, André Malraux, Henrik Dam, and Ulrike Meinhof.

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Among people born in Austria, Fritz Lang ranks 59 out of 1,424Before him are Ernst Kaltenbrunner (1903), Archduke Franz Karl of Austria (1802), Ludwig Boltzmann (1844), Archduchess Gisela of Austria (1856), Anton Webern (1883), and Oskar Kokoschka (1886). After him are Martin Buber (1878), Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (1527), Robert Musil (1880), Paula Hitler (1896), Peter Handke (1942), and Pope Gregory V (972).


Among film directors born in Austria, Fritz Lang ranks 1After him are Erich von Stroheim (1885), Max Reinhardt (1873), Josef von Sternberg (1894), Gustav Ucicky (1899), Alexander Korda (1893), Ernst Marischka (1893), Ulrich Seidl (1952), Francis Lawrence (1971), Richard Oswald (1880), Hans Hass (1919), and Harald Reinl (1908).