Oskar Fischinger

1900 - 1967

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Oskar Wilhelm Fischinger (June 22, 1900 – January 31, 1967) was a German-American abstract animator, filmmaker, and painter, notable for creating abstract musical animation many decades before the appearance of computer graphics and music videos. He created special effects for Fritz Lang's 1929 Woman in the Moon, one of the first sci-fi rocket films, and influenced Disney's Fantasia. He made over 50 short films and painted around 800 canvases, many of which are in museums, galleries, and collections worldwide. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oskar Fischinger has received more than 846,331 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Oskar Fischinger is the 429th most popular film director (up from 456th in 2019), the 2,309th most popular biography from Germany (up from 2,362nd in 2019) and the 22nd most popular German Film Director.

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Among film directors, Oskar Fischinger ranks 429 out of 2,041Before him are Richard Brooks, Michael Anderson, Taylor Hackford, Jean Eustache, Chuck Lorre, and Ladislao Vajda. After him are Maurice Pialat, David Yates, Takashi Miike, Walter Lantz, Bo Widerberg, and Delmer Daves.

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Among people born in 1900, Oskar Fischinger ranks 110Before him are Gilbert Ryle, Miguel Alemán Valdés, James Hilton, Zhang Wentian, Muhammad Asad, and Valko Chervenkov. After him are Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Srinagarindra, Mikhail Katukov, Ernst Krenek, Lidia Ruslanova, and Vítězslav Nezval. Among people deceased in 1967, Oskar Fischinger ranks 96Before him are Jane Darwell, Ivan Isakov, George Kelly, Harold Holt, Osvaldo Moles, and Juliusz Rómmel. After him are Miklós Kállay, Pierre Jeanneret, Eddie Eagan, George Lincoln Rockwell, Mir Osman Ali Khan, and Robert J. Van de Graaff.

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Among people born in Germany, Oskar Fischinger ranks 2,309 out of 7,253Before him are Konrad Peutinger (1465), Ernst Curtius (1814), Theodor Lessing (1872), Konstantin Hierl (1875), Princess Antoinette of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1779), and Countess Palatine Maria Anna of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld (1753). After him are Louis IV, Elector Palatine (1424), Otto Brunfels (1488), Adelbert Schulz (1903), Paul von Hase (1885), Princess Eleonore Erdmuthe of Saxe-Eisenach (1662), and Hermann Breith (1892).


Among film directors born in Germany, Oskar Fischinger ranks 22Before him are Mike Nichols (1931), Gustaf Gründgens (1899), Veit Harlan (1899), Lotte Reiniger (1899), Wolfgang Reitherman (1909), and Walter Ruttmann (1887). After him are Walter Frentz (1907), Alexander Kluge (1932), Henry Koster (1905), Tom Tykwer (1965), Uli Edel (1947), and Oliver Hirschbiegel (1957).