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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

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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 Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »

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Ach, ich habe sie Verloren
Aria from Orpheus and Eurydice
By Christoph Willibald Gluck (as Christoph Willibald Glück)
Recording courtesy of Selected Sound/EMI
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'Nomi Song'
1 February 2006 | by simon-broadley-1See all my reviews

Andrew Horn's 'Nomi Song' is not a 'film' as such, but rather an extended television documentary shot on videotape.

The archive footage is a treat and includes unseen home video, rare performance footage and obscure TV appearances. It's fascinating to see videotape as the primary archive source in a documentary of this kind - so crude, so unstable, so immediate. The sourcing of this material is Andrew Horn's principle achievement.

But 'Nomi Song' is crude in other less interesting ways - as though a few more days in the edit might have helped. The interviews are unimaginatively staged and shot and some of the junctions between scenes jar.

The first hand accounts are illuminating, but sometimes petty and it would have been useful to hear some contemporary artists and more objective commentators weigh Klaus's achievement and influence to provide some perspective.

That said, this the only Nomi documentary available and we should be grateful for it. If you're curious to know more about this wonderful artist, this is a good place to start...


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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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Dolby SR

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Color (archive footage)| Black and White
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