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The Nomi Song

The Nomi Song (2005)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 2

A fascinating, if occasionally frustrating, documentary about Klaus Nomi, a cult figure in the New Wave Underground scene during the '80s.

100

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 0

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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Story of German New Wave rock star Klaus Nomi, one of the most profoundly bizarre characters to rise to fame in the 80s. In his short but eventful life, fame, friendship, betrayal, opera, performance and, tragically, death converge.

Jun 14, 2005

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (2) | DVD (9)

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.

June 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This is fascinating stuff if you know just the commercial side of that strange music and fashion ripple known as New Wave.

June 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Mostly fascinating, but occasionally frustrating.

May 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Paints a vivid portrait of the sense of play and possibility that animated the best of the punk and new wave movements.

May 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Compassionate and critically astute.

March 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Amusingly and wistfully records how the artist and his crowd tried to make a success of it beyond the Mudd Club and other downtown haunts.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Un documentaire qui rend justice à un personnage fascinant, mais dont on aurait tout de même voulu en savoir davantage

August 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Panorama

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.

July 31, 2005 Full Review Source: DVD Verdict
DVD Verdict

Like Nomi's work, there is some distinct style at play that reflects its subject matter.

July 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Views

A well-made doc of a beyond-description music act that combined cabaret, operatic falsetto, and the stark minimalism of a cheesy 1940 sci-fi pic.

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

If retro ain't your thing, fear not; this doesn't feel dated in the least.

May 28, 2005 Full Review
New Times

This film expertly captures the scenesters' singular, blinding devotion to art at all costs, as well as their playful and communal attitudes.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

This intriguingly well-made documentary tells us just about everything we could possibly want to know about the mesmerising 1970s singer.

April 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A vivid portrait, not only of the man, but of an era, an era in which creativity ruled in a New York which, for all its vicissitudes, was far more welcoming to artists than it is now.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

His career was brief but well-documented and Andrew Horn's loving tribute includes several complete performances.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

[S]trange and fascinating ... gives off a rich whiff of the New York punk bohemia of the late 1970s and early '80s.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: MTV

The Nomi Song should go a long way toward recementing this striking creature's legendary status.

February 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The German native's weirdness makes David Bowie (a Nomi admirer) look like Josh Groban, and the movie honors that by indulging in its own brand of effective strangeness.

February 24, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for The Nomi Song

Never heard about this singer before this documentary. I thought it was really interesting and a well done documentary.
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