F.W. Murnau, Director of the Nosferatu


Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, circa 1920. Public domain

Murnau is most well known for directing the first vampire film, but his life story is so much more than Nosferatu. He was truly an innovator in cinema, a visual storyteller whose work is even today hotly debated for its merits and faults.

Holly's Research:

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  • F.W. Murnau Foundation. http://www.murnau-stiftung.de/
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