F. W. Murnau  

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"F. W. Murnau made three films with Fritz Lang's wife Thea von Harbou as scenarist, "Phantom" (1922, based on a novel by Gerhart Hauptmann), "Die Austreibung/The Expulsion" (1923, adapted from a play by Gerhart's brother Karl and the last of his lost films) and "Die Finanzen des Grossherzogs/The Finances of the Grand Duke" (1923, his attempt at an original comedy)."--Sholem Stein

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Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, better known as F. W. Murnau (December 28, 1888March 11, 1931), was one of the most influential German film directors of the silent era. A figure in the expressionist movement in German cinema during the 1920s, some of Murnau's films from the silent era have been lost, but most still survive. Murnau's most famous film is Nosferatu, a 1922 adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula that caused Stoker's estate to sue for copyright infringement.

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