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The Nomi Song

Released Jan 15, 2005 1h 39m Documentary List
95% Tomatometer 37 Reviews 86% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Bizarre, robotic, alien, outrageous, androgynous: all these words apply to 1980s German singer Klaus Nomi, the subject of this documentary. Nomi arrives in New York City with a background in German classical opera, which he channels into a strange but mesmerizing rock act quickly embraced by the avant garde and the punk scene. A cult develops around his performances, and he lands an appearance with David Bowie on TV. But, before his career can take off, tragedy strikes in the form of AIDS. Read More Read Less
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A fascinating, if occasionally frustrating, documentary about Klaus Nomi, a cult figure in the New Wave Underground scene during the '80s.

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Micco Caporale Chicago Reader The triumphs and loneliness of being a beautifully singular weirdo... Dec 18, 2023 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader The Nomi Song is pieced together from photos, performance footage, and talking-head interviews, but director Andew Horn has taken great care to fashion a strong story arc. Rated: 3/4 Jun 3, 2005 Full Review Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel This is fascinating stuff if you know just the commercial side of that strange music and fashion ripple known as New Wave. Rated: 4/5 Jun 1, 2005 Full Review Chase Burns The Stranger (Seattle, WA) The Nomi Song features a lot-too many-talking heads, but it's saved by the fact that it's one of the too-few documentaries on German experimental vocalist Klaus Nomi. Jan 20, 2022 Full Review Jean-François Vandeuren Panorama Un documentaire qui rend justice à un personnage fascinant, mais dont on aurait tout de même voulu en savoir davantage Rated: 7/10 Aug 11, 2005 Full Review Bill Gibron DVD Verdict While he was never a Top 40 hitmaker, Klaus Nomi was an important artist...and The Nomi Song is a cinematic anthem to his unorthodox individuality. Rated: 90/100 Jul 31, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Interesting character study. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member A beautiful film. Every fan of the late, great Klaus Nomi should give this a watch. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member A well-made documentary on one of the very boldest performers of the 20th century. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Hearing Klaus Nomi for the first time is one of those moments you'll never forget (thank you to Paolo for introducing me last month). That the story of his life is from step-to-step compiled by a series of these "a-ha" moments, adds so much extra gravity to how tragically short his life was cut by AIDS. Legendary, without a doubt. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Documentaire touchant sur un Personnage deroutant, un Artiste Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Klaus Nomi was entirely ahead of his time. His aesthetic, his sotry, and his music were all far beyond what anybody was doing at the time and still more modern than much of the music now. This documentary went into some amazing detail about Klaus. Solid film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Bizarre, robotic, alien, outrageous, androgynous: all these words apply to 1980s German singer Klaus Nomi, the subject of this documentary. Nomi arrives in New York City with a background in German classical opera, which he channels into a strange but mesmerizing rock act quickly embraced by the avant garde and the punk scene. A cult develops around his performances, and he lands an appearance with David Bowie on TV. But, before his career can take off, tragedy strikes in the form of AIDS.
Director
Andrew Horn
Producer
Andrew Horn, Annette Pisacane, Thomas Mertens, Anne Even
Screenwriter
Andrew Horn
Distributor
Palm Pictures
Production Co
Cameo Filmproduktion, Arte, CV Films, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen
Genre
Documentary
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 15, 2005, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 17, 2016
Box Office (Gross USA)
$74.2K
Runtime
1h 39m
Sound Mix
Dolby SR
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.85:1)