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Fritz Lang

1890 - 1976

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Friedrich Christian Anton Lang (German: [fʁɪt͡s ˈkʁɪsti̯an ˈantɔn laŋ]; December 5, 1890 – August 2, 1976), known as Fritz Lang, was an Austrian 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. He has been cited as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time.Lang's most celebrated films include the groundbreaking futuristic Metropolis (1927) and the influential M (1931), a film noir precursor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fritz Lang has received more than 2,137,122 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia. Fritz Lang is the 31st most popular film director (up from 33rd in 2019), the 65th most popular biography from Austria (up from 70th 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 1,581Before him are Bernardo Bertolucci, Michelangelo Antonioni, Konstantin Stanislavski, David Lynch, Krzysztof Kieślowski, and George Lucas. After him are Quentin Tarantino, Billy Wilder, Roberto Rossellini, John Ford, Paul Verhoeven, and Vittorio De Sica.

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Among people born in 1890, Fritz Lang ranks 13Before him are Friedrich Paulus, H. P. Lovecraft, Egon Schiele, Karel Čapek, Alfred Jodl, and Kurt Lewin. After him are Colonel Sanders, Stan Laurel, George II of Greece, Lawrence Bragg, Man Ray, and Walther Funk. Among people deceased in 1976, Fritz Lang ranks 11Before him are Werner Heisenberg, Alvar Aalto, Luchino Visconti, Zhou Enlai, Max Ernst, and Bernard Montgomery. After him are Jean Gabin, André Malraux, Trofim Lysenko, Man Ray, Benjamin Britten, and Henrik Dam.

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Among people born in Austria, Fritz Lang ranks 65 out of 1,237Before him are Christian Doppler (1803), Archduchess Gisela of Austria (1856), Maria Carolina of Austria (1752), Anton Webern (1883), Peter Drucker (1909), and Josef Bican (1913). After him are Billy Wilder (1906), Carl Czerny (1791), Martin Buber (1878), Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria (1833), Melanie Klein (1882), and Pope Gregory V (972).


Among film directors born in Austria, Fritz Lang ranks 1After him are Billy Wilder (1906), Erich von Stroheim (1885), Josef von Sternberg (1894), Max Reinhardt (1873), Alexander Korda (1893), Ernst Marischka (1893), Gustav Ucicky (1899), Hans Hass (1919), Richard Oswald (1880), Harald Reinl (1908), and Ulrich Seidl (1952).