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Decoder (1984)

A burger shop employee discovers that by changing the background music from pleasantly calming to industrial "noise" music, he can incite riots and a revolution against the looming power of the government.

Director:

Muscha

Writers:

Klaus Maeck (screenplay), Klaus Maeck (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
FM Einheit FM Einheit ... F.M.
William Rice William Rice ... Jaeger
Christiane Felscherinow Christiane Felscherinow ... Christiana
Britzhold Baron De Belle Britzhold Baron De Belle ... H-Burger Trainer
Matthias Fuchs ... H-Burger Manager
William S. Burroughs ... Old Man
Genesis P-Orridge ... High Priest
Slim Darko Slim Darko ... Pirate
Erwin Lieske Erwin Lieske ... Pirate
Mona Mur Mona Mur ... Pirate (as Sabine Bredy)
Sigurd Mueller Sigurd Mueller ... Pirate
Matthias Wein Matthias Wein ... Pirate
Peter Zoyt Peter Zoyt ... Pirate
Alexander Hacke ... Pirate (as Alexander von Borsig)
Jeff Moss Jeff Moss ... Pirate
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Storyline

A burger shop employee discovers that by changing the background music from pleasantly calming to industrial "noise" music, he can incite riots and a revolution against the looming power of the government.

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Taglines:

muzak is more than music

Genres:

Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Cinematographer Johanna Heer was hired to shoot this film on the basis of his work on Subway Riders (1981). See more »

Connections

Featured in William S. Burroughs: Commissioner of Sewers (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Klactovedsedsteen
Blue rondo a la turk
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A Violent Art-House Collage
14 September 2019 | by iaboscoSee all my reviews

Based around a simple premise circling around a burger shop employee who discovers the power of weaponized industrial noise music and its capability of inciting riots against the government in West Germany, Decoder brings together the efforts of multiple underground artists in this rich and enthralling sci-fi hidden cult gem.

Decoder compensates its lack of technicality (which the film itself is never afraid of exposing) with a great poetic quality present all through the film and with a very inventive dreamlike cinematography focusing especially on lighting, creating haunting scenarios and succeedinñg at delivering a unique vision of a dystopian West Germany that never was but lives within the film's own vision. The particular cast of characters drive the film's themes, along with heavy symbolism and a great soundtrack counting with the likes of Einstürzende Neubauten and Psychic TV, Decoder truly is a cinematic countercultural manifest, which demands more than one viewing in order to catch all of its quirks.

This is a film that never shies away from presenting its own vision, championing itself above the apparent downturns that could play against an independent film by fully utilizing its resources to its artistic benefit, this film is the definition of a cult classic.


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | English | Portuguese

Release Date:

19 February 1984 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Dekoder See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fett Film See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (color and black & white archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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