Decoder (film)

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Decoder
Decoder 1984 poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMuscha
Produced byKlaus Maeck
Muscha
Volker Schäfer
Trini Trimpop
Written byKlaus Maeck
Muscha
Volker Schäfer
Trini Trimpop
StarringBill Rice
F.M. Einheit
Christiane F.
CinematographyJohanna Heer[1]
Edited byJonathon Braun
Klaus Maeck
Muscha
Volker Schäfer
Eva-Maria Will
Production
company
Fett Film
Distributed byFreunde der Deutschen Kinemathek
Release date
  • 19 February 1984 (1984-02-19) (West Germany)[1]
Running time
87 minutes
CountryWest Germany
LanguageGerman
English
Portuguese

Decoder is a 1984 West German film directed by Muscha. It is a cyberpunk and counter-cultural film roughly based on the writings of William S. Burroughs, who also acts in the film.[2] Bill Rice plays Jaeger ("Hunter"), an agent of the government in charge of suppressing dissidents, while FM Einheit plays a burger shop employee who 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.

Decoder was made on a small budget, and was written by Muscha, Klaus Maeck, Volker Schäfer, and Trini Trimpop. Nevertheless, the project was able to attract a number of notable people within the countercultural and industrial music "scenes" to perform in it. Actors included Burroughs, Genesis P-Orridge, Christiane Felscherinow, and bands included Soft Cell, Psychic TV, Einstürzende Neubauten, and The The.[3]

The film was considered "oddly forgotten", and for numerous years was not in wide circulation.[3] In 2019, however, the film was re-released on Bluray and DVD.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Декодер (1984) - КиноПоиск.ru" (in Russian). KinoPoisk. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  2. ^ http://forgottenoldfilms.blogspot.com/2011/06/decoder-muscha-1984.html
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2013-05-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Decoder". Vinegar Syndrome. Retrieved 2019-08-10.

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