Storyteller supreme is an apt title for Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe, better known as F. W. Murnau; 21 movies in 12 years, his career stopped short by an automobile accident, just prior to the premier of his last film, Tabu: A Story of the South Seas, in 1931.
What a genius for moving-pictures he had and we are all the more blessed to have what little record we do have. The space (and time) needed to explain the gifts of Murnau, well, time and space fail me and maybe my words as well; for I seem so awed by his talent that the terminology that comes to me seems weak, feeble before his brilliance that is so clearly seen in his work.
Drama, legends, horror, romance and complicated comedies were part and parcel with Murnau. Nosferatu, still what I consider to be the creepiest of all vampire films; Sunrise a poignant gut wrenching, tear-jerker filled with lust, deception, love and as the subtitle implies full of the music of life. I will cease my chatter here and let you be reminded of his work by looking over some of the posters that I have provided from his films. I implore you to buy, rent, stream, whatever you have to do, watch and pay especially close attention to the movies, the art and the language of F. W. Murnau.
F. W. Murnau film list:
1931 Tabu: A Story of the South Seas
1930 City Girl
1928 4 Devils
1924 The Last Laugh
1924 Finances of the Grand Duke
1923 Die Austreibung (Short)
1922 Der brennende Acker
1922 Marizza, genannt die Schmuggler-Madonna
1921 The Haunted Castle
1921 The Dark Road
1920 Abend – Nacht – Morgen
1920 Der Januskopf
1920 Der Bucklige und die Tänzerin
1919 Emerald of Death
By C. S. Williams