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About Fritz Lang
Friedrich Christian Anton "Fritz" Lang (December 5, 1890 – August 2, 1976) was an Austrian-German-American filmmaker, screenwriter, and occasional film producer and actor. One of the best known émigrés from Germany's school of Expressionism, he was dubbed the "Master of Darkness" by the British Film Institute. His most famous films are the groundbreaking Metropolis (the world's most expensive silent film at the time of its release) and M, made before he moved to the United States, his iconic contribution to the film noir genre.Friedrich "Fritz" Lang was born in Vienna on December 5, 1890, in what was then Austria-Hungary, to Anton Lang (August 1, 1860, Vienna – February 28, 1940, Gars/Kamp) of Moravian descent, an architect and construction company manager, and Pauline "Paula" Schlesinger (July 26, 1864, Brünn – 1920, Manigfall) also from Moravia, as the second of 2 sons. His elder brother Adolf was nearly 7 years older. Both his father and his mother were practicing Roman Catholics, although his mother had been born Jewish and converted to Catholicism when her younger son was 10 years old. Paula Lang died from complications of breast cancer in 1920. Lang himself was baptized at the Schottenkirche in Vienna. After finishing high school, Lang briefly attended the Technical University of Vienna, where he studied civil engineering and eventually switched to art. In 1910 he left Vienna to see the world, traveling throughout Europe and Africa and later Asia and the Pacific area. In 1913, he studied painting in Paris, France. The next year, he returned home to Vienna at the outbreak of the First World War. In January 1914, he was drafted into service in the Austrian army and fought in Russia and Romania during World War I, where he was wounded three times.

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Rank Name Total
1. Fritz Lang 1081
2. Werner Herzog 561
3. Roland Emmerich 116
4. Wim Wenders 55

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68. Ertem Eğilmez 1258
69. Nicolae Margineanu 1238
70. Shoaib Mansoor 1137
71. Karan Johar 1102
72. Fritz Lang 1081
73. Tahmine Milani 1059
74. Manoel de Oliveira 1054
75. Ebrahim Hatamikia 1028
76. Emir Kusturica 1021

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