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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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Cast

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

Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

24 March 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção de Nomi See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,510, 6 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$74,216, 3 April 2005
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Dolby SR

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Color (archive footage)| Black and White
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Soundtracks

Telephoto Lens
Words and Music by Richard Barone
© Miniature Music (ASCAP) 1980
Performed by The Bongos
Sound recording © 1980, 2003 The Bongos
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The potential of a cult movie
10 August 2004 | by denise-luccioniSee all my reviews

This is a personal vision from a filmmaker who obviously knows what he's talking about when he approaches music, show business and the 70-80s. He succeeds in delivering a film hovering between fiction and documentary, respecting the original character, Klaus Nomi, all along, while offering a personal perspective on the man and his era. Because he interviews actual witnesses of the time, the result is a realistic and phantasmagoria dive into the life and death of a charismatic individual with the destiny of a shooting star. This film has all the potential of a cult movie.


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