7.4/10
935
12 user 37 critic

The Nomi Song (2004)

Having failed to break into professional opera in his native Germany (where, as an usher in West Berlin's Deutsche Oper, he would serenade the staff after the 'real' performances were over)... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Princesa I (2001)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Fernando, a.k.a. Fernanda, a 19-year-old Brazilian transgender woman, travels to Milan and becomes a prostitute to finance sex-change surgery. Fernanda dreams of becoming a "real" woman, ... See full summary »

Director: Henrique Goldman
Stars: Ingrid de Souza, Cesare Bocci, Lulu Pecorari
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A fictionalized account of what may have happened when John Lennon and Brian Epstein went on holiday together to Spain in 1963.

Director: Christopher Munch
Stars: David Angus, Ian Hart, Stephanie Pack
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Khoi, a naive twenty-year-old, travels to Ho Chi Minh City from the countryside to begin a new life. It's his first time in the big city and he's looking for a place to live. He befriends ... See full summary »

Director: Ngoc Dang Vu
Stars: Manh Hai Luong, Vinh Khoa Ho, Linh Son Nguyen
HerzHaft (2007)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Felix is secretly in love with Ralph. This doesn't seem to be the biggest problem, but Felix is fifteen and Ralph is his thirty-four-year-old soccer coach. They meet every day in secret. ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Busker
Stars: Tommaso Cacciapuoti, Ferdinand Hanisch, Johanna Niedermüller
Stonewall (1995)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of homosexual people try to live with dignity and self-respect while events build to the opening battle in the major gay rights movement.

Director: Nigel Finch
Stars: Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller, Brendan Corbalis
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Sebastien is a small town boy who moves to Paris and begins to explore the gay night life there. When a friend from back home calls to announce he's coming to Paris, Sebastien confronts some unrequited feelings.

Directors: Bernard Alapetite, Cyril Legann
Stars: Benoît Delière, Johnny Amaro, Thibault Boucaux
Walang kawala (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Joaquin (Polo Ravales), an unassuming fisherman, is forced to confront his homosexuality when his sex-starved wife Cynthia (Althea Vega) returns from her overseas job eager to get pregnant.... See full summary »

Director: Joel Lamangan
Stars: Polo Ravales, Joseph Bitangcol, Emilio Garcia
Wastelands (2013)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Lonely teenager Marc is secretly in love with Olaf, the cool boy-next-door. He dreams about a relationship with him, and when the two go camping, this dream seems to become reality for Marc... See full summary »

Director: Marco van Bergen
Stars: Frederik Stuut, Daniël Brak, Henny Renes
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Fifteen-year-old Beni falls in love with Fögi, a singer in a Rock band. As Fögi seduces him, Beni is willing to follow him where ever he takes him. But Fögi is a drug addict and pulls Beni ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Gisler
Stars: Frédéric Andrau, Vincent Branchet, Urs Peter Halter
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

When a new boy moves into the area Cecilie and Peter's friendship is changed.

Director: Frank Mosvold
Stars: Kristian Dale Hakkelberg, Stian Barsnes Simonsen, Silje Andresen
Dorian Blues (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

High school senior Dorian begins a gay man's odyssey when he determines that he's gay and decides to come out. Chief among concerns is the reaction of his father, who has never liked him.

Director: Tennyson Bardwell
Stars: Michael McMillian, Lea Coco, Steve Fletcher
Trevor (1994)
Comedy | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Upon hitting puberty, a high-school boy realizes he is homosexual and faces prejudice from his parents and friends.

Director: Peggy Rajski
Stars: Brett Barsky, Judy Kain, John Lizzi
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Klaus Nomi ...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Herself
Gabriele Lafari ...
Herself
David McDermott ...
Himself
Page Wood ...
Himself
...
Himself
Man Parrish ...
Himself
Kristian Hoffman ...
Himself
Ron Johnsen ...
Himself
Kenny Scharf ...
Himself
Anthony Scibelli ...
Himself
Alan Platt ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adrian ...
Himself (as Boy Adrian)
Joseph Arias ...
Himself (as Joey Arias)
Calvin Churchman ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Having failed to break into professional opera in his native Germany (where, as an usher in West Berlin's Deutsche Oper, he would serenade the staff after the 'real' performances were over) the diminutive Klaus Nomi headed for NYC in 1972. The vibrant New Wave/avant-garde gestalt of the mid/late '70's East Village proved to be fertile ground for the development of his unique talents. Working by day as a high-end pastry chef, Nomi began to stage his outlandish performances, first launching himself upon an unsuspecting public at the New Wave Vaudeville in 1978. The hip and cynical young audience was stunned by this weird combination of falsetto arias, booming classical orchestration, Kraftwerk-style electronica, futuristic costumes and outer space imagery. An odd assortment of artists, choreographers, designers, songwriters and musicians jumped on to the Nomi bandwagon and the phenomenon began to take off - first attracting thousands to South Manhattan events (including performances at ... Written by George Darley

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He came from outer space to save the human race. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

24 March 2005 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Canção de Nomi  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,510 (USA) (6 February 2005)

Gross:

$74,216 (USA) (3 April 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(archive footage)|
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Cool
Words and Music by Pylon
Performed by Pylon
© Caution Music 1980
Recording courtesy of dB Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Apparent Genius of Klaus Nomi
24 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Andrew Horn's The Nomi Song makes no bones about it - performance artist Klaus Nomi was a man of genius. The film is an unapologetic celebration of the mystique of Nomi, the weird brilliance of this late '70s/early '80s New York club phenomenon, who had a minor breakthrough after appearing with David Bowie on Saturday Night Live (he sold well in Europe anyway). If you have no idea who Nomi was then you're not alone; his appeal was purely a cultish one. Those who sing his praises in The Nomi Song - people who were doing lots of drugs in the days they're recounting, it must be pointed out - would have us believe that this was a man of such soaring talent, it would only have been a matter of time before he became famous world-wide. The evidence put forth by Horn - old home videos, some snippets from professionally made programs

  • would seem to suggest something else, however: a man who, in spite of
his obvious talent (he was a trained opera singer, a tenor capable of achieving a haunting falsetto), was always too wrapped up in his own strange, stylized persona to ever really connect with the masses.

The Nomi Song is the portrait of a man who reinvented himself, an exhibitionist who discovered an audience by nullifying every hint of his own personality, and presenting himself as a kind of performing robot. The real Klaus Nomi, we're told, was a sweet, gentle soul, a kid from Berlin who came to New York with dreams of being a star and wound up mopping floors; and the few glimpses we get of Nomi off-stage would seem to uphold this. The real Nomi, it appears, was nothing special, outside of the fact that he could sing (it was his misfortune that there wasn't much market for German tenors who could stretch to a falsetto soprano); the fake Klaus, invented by Klaus as a replacement for the one the world didn't much care for, was a man with a painted face who dressed like a gay Ming the Merciless and sang opera-tinged pop songs in New Wave clubs. People who witnessed Nomi's bizarre, Kabuki-like stage-act gush on and on about what an overwhelming experience it was, but what we see of Nomi, though certainly odd and interesting, fails to convey this feeling. Nothing, we're led to believe, could ever capture the true power of Nomi on-stage. What the film offers us is a tantalizing taste of something eyewitnesses swear was practically transcendent; it's like trying to appreciate the greatness of Robert Johnson by listening to some scratchy old records.

Maybe Nomi was what the film insists he was - a great talent who, by the sad fact of his untimely demise not to mention some egregious mis-management, failed to achieve the stature he seemed destined for. I would tend to doubt it, but the movie makes its argument compellingly, and by placing Nomi in the context of his times, the fag-end of the Andy Warhol days and the beginning of the AIDS horror (Nomi died of the disease), conveys a poignant sense of a lost era, a fondly-remembered scene (the eyewitnesses are all middle-aged, conservative-seeming people; it's hard to imagine them decked out in pink hair and Star Trek get-ups). It finally doesn't matter if Nomi really was what The Nomi Song wants us to think he was (his music was simple-minded and mannered); it matters more that he existed, and embodies in people's minds a certain time and place (those who die young always come to represent the age they lived in; James Dean IS the '50s). The Nomi Song is as much a portrait of the world around Nomi as it is of Nomi, and that world, its strangeness, its lingering energy, is the thing worth remembering.


21 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page