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Schloss Murnau, Hollywoodland, CA 90068

  • Author(s): Welter, Volker M.
  • et al.

This article identifies the private home in Los Angeles of the German silent movie director F.W. Murnau (1888-1931). 

It argues that the movie director's fascination with castle-like buildings existed long before Murnau was involved with movie making. Murnau's preferred type of domestic architecture--which the gay movie director associated with privacy--influenced the settings of many of his later movies.  

The article also identifies the likely site of Murnau's fatal car accident north of Santa Barbara, CA, in 1931.

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