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The Nomi Song (2004)

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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 »

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Andrew Horn

Writer:

Andrew Horn
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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

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


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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References Na sowas! (1982) See more »

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Forgive and Forget
Words and Music by The Marbles
Performed by The Marbles
© Marbles Music/You Tomorrow Music (BMI)
1979-2003
Recording courtesy of The Marbles
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Portrait of A One-of-a-Kind Artist in a One-of-a-Kind Decade
17 July 2005 | by dtbSee all my reviews

My husband and I were eagerly anticipating THE NOMI SONG, Andrew Horn's by-turns witty and poignant documentary about Klaus Nomi, the German singer/performance artist with the multi-octave range who took New York and then the world by storm for a brief, exciting period in the 1980s. Nomi, with his outer space alien persona, was so avant-garde even the avant-garde set wasn't quite sure what to make of him, but loved him all the same before his tragic death from AIDS (this was back when AIDS was still new and scary and known as "gay cancer"). Our 8-year-old daughter liked Nomi's "high, high voice" and kooky costumes. We adults liked the interviews with Ann Magnuson and other scene-makers from the era, as well as the chance to see such rarities as Nomi's performance with David Bowie on a 1979 SNL episode (which I remember seeing during its live broadcast back in the day). THE NOMI SONG also sports a treasure trove of DVD extras, including full-length musical performances, an Easter Egg feature for part-time pastry chef Nomi's lime tart recipe, and Lou Christie talking enthusiastically about Nomi's cover of his classic "Lightning Strikes Again" (Christie kinda starts talking about himself, too, but it's interesting and endearing). If you like 1980s New Wave music and all things offbeat, THE NOMI SONG is well worth seeking out!


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Germany

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English | German

Release Date:

24 March 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção de Nomi See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,510, 6 February 2005

Gross USA:

$74,631

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,631
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