Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 807-819. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

Murnau did not live to see the premiere of his last film; he died in an automobile accident in Santa Barbara, California on March 11, 1931. The car was driven by Murnau's fourteen-year old Filipino valet Garcia Stevenson. Murnau was entombed in Berlin. Robert Flaherty, Emil Jannings and Greta Garbo attended the funeral, and Fritz Lang delivered the funeral speech.

Retrospective at the 53rd Berlin International Film Festival. [2003]

The border between dream and reality is often fluent in his films.

Was voted the 33rd Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.