Botschaft der Götter
DE, 87 min
> view the rest on flickr
Der heilige Berg
Weimar Republic, 106 min
^ Riefenstahl’s debut
w. DE, 87 min
Hamburg, 1983. F.M. is a youngster leading an idle urban life, totally alienated from his environment, and only active when making “sound experiments” in his home studio. Christiana, his girlfriend, works in a peepshow on Reeperbahn. A chronically depressed customer is infatuated by her and tries to get more closely acquainted. The relationship between F.M. and Christiana is cool and distant, except for the moments at breakfast, when they share the muddled visions of their dreams.
One day F.M. suddenly wakes up to the reality around him, as he notices how the inconspicuous background music at a hamburger joint may have some connection with the junk food. It dawns on him that muzak is designed to control and brainwash the masses, not unlike lobotomy. On top of its paralysing effects, muzak is also laced with subliminal messages. F.M. decides to go back to the restaurant and records the muzak for his own purposes. He starts to develop a form of “anti-muzak” in his studio, by playing the original material backwards, or at a wrong speed, or by mixing it with interfering factors like sounds of street riots or squealing frogs.
In a dream of his F.M. receives support for his one-man war from an old shopkeeper (William Burroughs) selling electronics spare parts. He gives F.M. a disassembled cassette with the advice “This is all you need!” While wandering around the city, F.M. runs into members of a shady cult, “the pirates”, who have taken over an abandoned building in order to practice their nocturnal rituals of “black noise”. The core of their high priest’s (Genesis P-Orridge) message is: “Information is like a bank. Some of us are rich, while others are poor. It is our mission to rob that bank.” F.M. and the pirates decide to co-operate. They perform terrorist attacks in Burger Kings and McDonalds, armed with cassette players and anti-muzak. The customers get sudden nausea attacks and start rushing to the exits
The action continues around the city, until the mighty Muzak Corporation intervenes by sending agent Jger to track down the tape terrorists. Things get complicated when F.M. finds out that Christiana’s secret admirer and regular peepshow visitor is none other than Jger himself. All the while, F.M. and the pirates keep copying more anti-muzak cassettes and distributing them to people in the streets. Mass hysteria and general chaos ensue.
Schneeflittchen hinter den 7 bergen, Teil 1 & 2
DE, 6 min
second recently-viewed politically incorrect animated snow white parody
DE/YU, 142 min
one word: YES!
(do you read? then read the novel first)
DE, 82 min
minor but powerful oddity from the kinski/herzog ouvre
DE (w.), 115 min
mit bruno s.
yes, this is the “ian curtis one”
Die Beispiellose Verteidigung der Festung Deutschkreuz
DE (w.) / 14 min / b&w / short
“…My next film, also shot in 35 mm, was The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz which was financed by the money I got from the screenplay award (note: for Signs of Life). The four actors got something, but the basic expenses were for the raw stock and the lab fees. It is a short film about a group of young men protecting an abandoned castle from imaginary attackers. It is the same kind of theme that I worked with in Signs of Life a few years later. People think they are being besieged, yet there is actually no enemy and they are left in the lurch.” — wiki
Die bleierne Zeit (“the leaden times”)
DE (w.), 106 min
der Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum
DE (w.), 103 min
frau aweh showed this to us in high school
and had us read the damn thing
she was awesome.