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Decoder [VHS]

FM Einheit , William Rice , Muscha    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: FM Einheit, William Rice, Christiane Felscherinow, Britzhold Baron De Belle, Matthias Fuchs
  • Directors: Muscha
  • Writers: Muscha, Klaus Maeck, Trini Trimpop, Volker Schäfer
  • Producers: Muscha, Klaus Maeck, Trini Trimpop
  • Language: English, German
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Visionary
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Dec 1989
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004CIOF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,240 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Low budget German cult classic based on the writings of William S. Burroughs, featuring a cameo from the great author himself. FM (FM Einheit) is a young musician who discovers that certain sonic frequencies can induce different patterns of behaviour in listeners. Whilst going in search of new sounds, he stumbles upon a sinister band of pirates conducting a black mass in a subway. As he tries to record the gathering, he is caught and thrown before a tribunal. This surreal exploration of the political implications of sound features music from Dave Ball, Genesis P.Orridge, Einsturzende Neubauten and The The.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Decoding the future 17 April 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A German art horror enigma which takes me back to my early teens when youth culture contained a noticeable number of alternative types sporting post-punk and new-wave hair styles. I'd almost forgotten what inspired individuality used to look like. Filmed in 1984 with Orwellian and Burroughsian zeitgeist fears and concerns the film chronicles a techno-shiny yet sleazy corporate organisation tracking potential subversive citizens via CCTV on blocks of computerized monitors in sterile monolithic towers of control. With their top agent William Rice slowly going loco and slipping his masters message leash "in sleazy sin city" plugged in as he is to the totalitarian machine of hypocrisy.

Featuring cameos from William S Burroughs and Genesis P Orridge as outlaws of the underground struggling against nefarious forces of mono-culture, whilst assisting central protagonist and eponymous Decoder FM Einhert who has uncovered a brainwashing technique played into corporate slave makers H-Burger via piped mind programming muzak they play in their outlets which help to addict the user subverting them to surrender personality, taste and individual identity to the insipid fuzzy logic of one-size-fits-all labelling. High-lights include author Christiane F as a most fetching proto-goth with a love of frogs, surrounded as she is by them in her apartment, whilst prospective audio transformed prince- FM, attempts to pass on the message, but can't seem to break through her predominant lizard brain introspection. Stock footage of street rebellion, paramilitary and police laying down the batons of fear fuelled hate against waves of visible minorities, banners for media supposition of unlawfulness justifying the machine, levers in a patina of authenticity, which seem all the more prescient twenty six years on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So worth it 3 April 2012
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Omigod, there's so much extra stuff on this DVD, i don't regret having to replace my VHS tape. Love it!
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