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The Nomi Song

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Known throughout the 1980s as a cult figure on the New Wave scene, Klaus Nomi managed to perfectly marry disparate worlds such as rock, pop, opera, and performance art. Nomi lit-up the underground throughout the '80s with his bizarre and freakish appearance, and had a penchant for twisting his counter tenor vocals around a hook-laden pop song. His fanbase grew, and it looked as if Nomi's star was on a collision course with the mainstream. But the fun came to a desperately tragic end when Nomi succumbed to the dark spectre of AIDS. The disease which ended the lives of so many artists in this turbulent decade callously claimed another victim, and the dream came to an abrupt, hurtful end.

    Director Andrew Horn draws on a mixture of vintage footage and celebrity testimonials to flesh out Nomi's tale in this documentary, offering a moving portrait of an artist who strived for originality, and was cruelly plucked from the world just as his dreams of bursting into the mainstream looked set to be fulfilled. Ultimately, THE NOMI SONG is an inspiring depiction of an artist who enlivened those around him with his infectious enthusiasm and lust for life. Far from being a forlorn tale of what might have been, Horn's film is a joyous celebration of an unsurpassable, idiosyncratic figure who poured everything into his art during a brief, yet productive tenure on the planet.
  • Critic Reviews
    "[NOMI SONG] simultaneously introduces this talent to a new generation, answers the questions his fans may still have and shows how fleeting stardom can be."
    Sight and Sound

    "[A] startling documentary....THE NOMI SONG is his digital epitaph, a flickering history lesson from one of the fallen."

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