The Retrospective of the Berlinale in February 2003 will be dedicated to Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (1888-1931), the great German director of the silent film era. Among his most important films were Nosferatu, The Last Laugh (Der letzte Mann) and Faust. Murnau emigrated to America in 1926, where he directed the films Sunrise and City Girl, among others. His last film was the South Seas romance Tabu. Murnau died after a traffic accident in March 1931.
In the Berlinale’s Retrospective, organized by the Film Museum Berlin-Deutsche Kinemathek, his twelve preserved films are to be screened in new, in part restored prints. Hans Helmut Prinzler, director of the Film Museum Berlin, will be in charge of the Retrospective. Wolfgang Jacobsen, the director of the retrospective until now, has been, at his own request, entrusted with new responsibilities in the Filmmuseum Berlin - Deutsche Kinemathek. A publication and complementary programme will be prepared to accompany the Retrospective.
August 2, 2002