Fritz Lang

1890 - 1976

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Friedrich Christian Anton "Fritz" Lang (December 5, 1890 – August 2, 1976) was an Austrian-German-American film director, screenwriter, and occasional film producer and actor. One of the best-known émigrés from Germany's school of Expressionism, he was dubbed the "Master of Darkness" by the British Film Institute.Lang's most celebrated films include the groundbreaking futuristic Metropolis (1927) and the influential M (1931), a film noir precursor that he made before he moved to the United States. His other major films include Dr. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fritz Lang has received more than 1,797,585 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Fritz Lang is the 33rd most popular film director (down from 28th in 2019), the 70th most popular biography from Austria (down from 63rd in 2019) and the 2nd 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 33 out of 1,580Before him are Pedro Almodóvar, David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, George Lucas, Ken Loach, and Billy Wilder. After him are Roberto Rossellini, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Wim Wenders, Vittorio De Sica, Isao Takahata, and Brian De Palma.

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Among people born in 1890, Fritz Lang ranks 13Before him are Boris Pasternak, Vyacheslav Molotov, H. P. Lovecraft, Alfred Jodl, Karel Čapek, and Kurt Lewin. After him are Stan Laurel, Colonel Sanders, Man Ray, George II of Greece, Lawrence Bragg, and Carlos Gardel. Among people deceased in 1976, Fritz Lang ranks 11Before him are Werner Heisenberg, Alvar Aalto, Luchino Visconti, Max Ernst, Zhou Enlai, and Bernard Montgomery. After him are Trofim Lysenko, Jean Gabin, Man Ray, André Malraux, J. Paul Getty, and Benjamin Britten.

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Among people born in Austria, Fritz Lang ranks 70 out of 1,075Before him are Robert Musil (1880), Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (1527), Alban Berg (1885), Billy Wilder (1906), Kurt Waldheim (1918), and Maria Carolina of Austria (1752). After him are Oskar Kokoschka (1886), Heinrich Harrer (1912), Archduke Franz Karl of Austria (1802), Carl Czerny (1791), Peter Drucker (1909), and Ferdinand I of Bulgaria (1861).


Among film directors born in Austria, Fritz Lang ranks 2Before him are Billy Wilder (1906). After him are Erich von Stroheim (1885), Josef von Sternberg (1894), Max Reinhardt (1873), Alexander Korda (1893), Ernst Marischka (1893), Richard Oswald (1880), Ulrich Seidl (1952), Harald Reinl (1908), Gustav Ucicky (1899), and Francis Lawrence (1971).