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A look into the many lives of Christa Päffgen, otherwise known as Nico; from cutie German mädchen to the first of the supermodels, to glamorous diva of the Velvet Underground, to cult item,... See full summary »

Director:

Susanne Ofteringer

Writer:

Susanne Ofteringer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nico ... Herself (archive footage)
Tina Aumont ... Herself
Christian Päffgen Christian Päffgen ... Himself (as Ari Boulogne)
Edith Boulogne Edith Boulogne ... Herself
Jackson Browne ... Himself
John Cale ... Himself
Danny Fields ... Himself
Carlos De Maldonado-Bostock Carlos De Maldonado-Bostock ... Himself
Jonas Mekas ... Himself
Paul Morrissey ... Himself
Sterling Morrison Sterling Morrison ... Himself
Billy Name Billy Name ... Himself
Nikos Papatakis Nikos Papatakis ... Himself (as Nico Papatakis)
Lutz Ulbrich Lutz Ulbrich ... Himself
Viva ... Herself
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A look into the many lives of Christa Päffgen, otherwise known as Nico; from cutie German mädchen to the first of the supermodels, to glamorous diva of the Velvet Underground, to cult item, junkie and hag. Many faces for the same woman, whom, you realize, just couldn't bring herself to care enough to live. Written by Miguel Cane <Stepford@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

Model, Pop Star, Goddess, Junkie, Icon.


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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

16 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

NICO ICON ニコ・イコン See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,763, 10 September 1995

Gross USA:

$306,691

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$306,691
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Nico: Regrets? I've got no regrets... except that I was born a woman instead of a man.
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Soundtracks

I'll Keep It With Mine
Composed by Bob Dylan
Performed by Nico
(C) Sony Music / Polygram
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Mesmerizing documentary!
10 December 2004 | by funtooshSee all my reviews

This is one of the best documentaries I've seen so far. The weird but mesmerizing horror & occasional beauty of Nico's life & music are extremely well evoked. The most impressive scenes are the interviews with Alain Delon's mother Edith Boulogne -- who died soon after the movie was finished -- who had taken care of Alain's & Nico's son Ari, and, finally, John Cale performing "Frozen Warnings" alone on the piano. Susanne Ofteringer's film includes interview footage with James Young, the former keyboarder of her band, who has himself written a book about his time with Nico & the band. Only Alain Delon is missing ... No matter if you know or like Nico's definitely genuine, but strange approach to music, the movie is worthwhile watching for its documentary qualities.


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