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F.W. Murnau

Date of Birth: Dec 28, 1888

Country: Germany

Biography: He studied art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg. During World War I, he was a combat pilot. First He was assistant to Max Reinhardt. Began making movies in Germany in 1919. Went to the USA in 1926.

Total Titles at Criticker: 15 - You've Seen 15

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City Girl City Girl (1930)
Summary: Lem goes to Chicago to sell the wheat his family has grown on their farm in Minnesota. There he meets the waitress Kate. They fall in love and get married before going back to the farm. Kate is accepted by Lem's mother and kid sister but is rejected by his father, who believes she married for the money... (imdb)
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Tartuffe Tartuffe (1925)
Summary: Young man shows his millionaire grandfather a film based on Molière's Tartuffe, in order to expose the old man's hypocritical governess who covets his own inheritance. (imdb)
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Der Brennende Acker Der Brennende Acker (1922)
Summary: When farmer Rog dies, his son Peter stays, but Johannes can not be satisfied with such a condition (and servant Maria's love) and finds a job as old Count Rudenberg's secretary. His ambition leads him to charm Gerda, the Count's unique daughter. But when he discovers that Count's second wife Helga will soon inherit a field that only he knows his underground is full with petroleum, he changes his allegiance... Greed and death. (imdb)
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Marizza, genannt die Schmuggler-Madonna Marizza, genannt die Schmuggler-Madonna (1922)
Summary: All men are under lovely Maritza's spell.Tired of working for the old woman Yelina, who forces her to cajole customs officials to help the smugglers, she flees and finds work at Mrs. Avricolos' farm. The latter is in business with an unscrupulous moneylender, whose daughter is promised to Leone, the family's eldest son. But Leone will fall quickly for Maritza... a 15-minute fragment of this can be seen at http://www.europafilmtreasures.eu/PY/521/see-the-film-marizza_a_k_a_the_smugglers_madonna (europafilmtreasures.eu)
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Treibjagd in der Südsee Treibjagd in der Südsee (1940)  - Short Film
Summary: Footage shot for F.W. Murnau's last film, Tabu, about a fishing expedition put together as a documentary short.
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4 Devils 4 Devils (1928)
Summary: A clown rescues four children from the brutal tutelage of a circus owner and brings them up himself, training them to be acrobats. Years pass, and the children form a trapeze act known as the Four Devils. Charles and Marion are engaged, but while in Paris, Charles becomes infatuated with a vamp. Marion learns of the affair and becomes distracted; working without a net for a dangerous finale, she falls. Marion is not killed, however, and Charles is brought to his senses by the near tragedy. (AFI)
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Phantom Phantom (1922)
Summary: Lorenz Lubota is a city clerk with no direction in life. One day on his way to work he is run over by a woman driving a chariot and he is immediately infatuated with her. His life begins to spiral out of control as he searches for this girl and tries to win her heart.
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The Finances of the Grand Duke The Finances of the Grand Duke (1924)
Summary: The likeable and carefree Grand Duke of Abacco is in dire straits. There is no money left to service the State's debt; the main creditor is looking forward to expropriating the entire Duchy. The marriage with Olga, Grand Duchess of Russia, would solve everything, but a crucial letter of hers about the engagement has been stolen... (imdb)
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Faust Faust (1926)
Summary: God and Satan war over earth; to settle things, they wager on the soul of Faust, a learned and prayerful alchemist... (imdb)
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Sunrise Sunrise (1927)
Summary: An attractive woman from the city, on vacation, stays in a small farming community and dazzles a young married farmer... (imdb)
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The Last Laugh The Last Laugh (1924)
Summary: An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society. (imdb)
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Tabu Tabu (1931)
Summary: In one island of Bora Bora lagoon, a young fisherman, Matahi, is in love with Reri. But she is chosen to be the holy maid and therefore becomes "tabu". They ran away from that tradition. Will they be happier and luckier in the more "civilized" society ? (imdb)
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The Haunted Castle The Haunted Castle (1921)
Summary: In the castle Vogeloed, a few aristocrats are awaiting baroness Safferstätt. But first count Oetsch invites himself.. Everyone thinks he murdered his brother, baroness Safferstat's first husband, three years ago. So he is rather undesirable. But Oetsch stays; arguing he is not the murderer and will find the real one... (imdb)
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Der Gang in die Nacht Der Gang in die Nacht (1921)
Summary: It depicts the tribulations of Dr. Egil Boerne, who deserts his fiancée Helene for the cabaret dancer Lily.
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Nosferatu Nosferatu (1922)
Summary: Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.