F.W. Murnau

 

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Biography

F.W. Murnau

F.W. Murnau
Don't act - think!

Remarkable:

Nosferatu was not an immediate success due to copyright issues. All prints of the film were ordered destroyed, but bootleg prints were stored and preserved over time.

Born:

December 28, 1888

Born as:

Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe

Died:

March 11, 1931

During World War I Murnau served as a combat pilot and made propaganda films. He directed his first feature in 1919 Der Knabe in Blau, The Blue boy but won international acclaim for Nosferatu (1922), and Der letzte Mann,The last laugh in 1924. It was this film that got the attention of the early Hollywood film moguls such as William Fox.

In 1927 Murnau moved to Hollywood, where he made films such as Sunrise (1927) and City girl (1930). But Murnau was frustrated by the lack of control he now had over his artistry. He eventually broke his contract with Fox.

Paramount Pictures were pleased by Murnau's work and offered him a contract for 10 years. But his first film Tabu (1931) would be his last film as he died in an automobile accident in 1931.

Selected Movies:

Academy award:

1929 Best Picture for Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

 

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Trivia

Nosferatu was not an immediate success due to copyright issues. All prints of the film were ordered destroyed, but bootleg prints were stored and preserved over time.

Murnau was already familiar with Shakespeare, Nietzche, and Ibsen before he was 12. Source / More (Web)