MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 18,176 this week

The Nomi Song (2004)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 785 users   Metascore: 71/100
Reviews: 12 user | 37 critic | 18 from Metacritic.com

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 »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 19 Sep 2011
 
a list of 76 titles
created 17 Oct 2011
 
list image
a list of 37 titles
created 08 Jul 2012
 
a list of 828 titles
created 30 Apr 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 17 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Nomi Song" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Nomi Song (2004)

The Nomi Song (2004) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Nomi Song.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Punk, New Wave, Reggae and Techno bands from Europe and the US recorded live in several locations in 1980. The biggest names on the bill are the Police and UB 40 but every performance is a ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Burbidge
Stars: Wall of Voodoo, Stan Ridgway, Marc Moreland
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer

Director: George Hickenlooper
Stars: Rodney Bingenheimer, David Bowie, Joey Ramone
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.

Director: Julien Temple
Stars: Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An entertaining "rockumentary" about Radiohead that shows some of the tedium of being a rock star, as well as some of the fun stuff.

Director: Grant Gee
Stars: Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Be Here to Love Me - Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of Townes Van Zandt.

Director: Margaret Brown
Stars: Joe Ely, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson
Sunset Strip (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A documentary on the famous Los Angeles street.

Director: Hans Fjellestad
Stars: Cisco Adler, Lou Adler, Ahmed Ahmed
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A feature-length documentary chronicling early 80's punk rock band the Minutemen, from their beginnings in San Pedro, California, to their demise after the death of singer D. Boon in 1985.

Director: Tim Irwin
Stars: Milo Auckerman, Joe Baiza, Kevin Barrett
Glastonbury (2006)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A documentary on the 30th anniversary of Britain's best-known music festival.

Director: Julien Temple
Stars: David Bowie, Björk, James Brown
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary film about the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music's greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star.

Directors: Drew DeNicola, Olivia Mori
Stars: Jon Auer, Chris Bell, Alex Chilton
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

Director: Paul Rachman
Stars: Greg Ginn, Ian MacKaye, Lucky Lehrer
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.

Directors: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett
Stars: Bobby Hackney, David Hackney, Dannis Hackney
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A documentary on the influential musician Scott Walker.

Director: Stephen Kijak
Stars: Damon Albarn, Dot Allison, Marc Almond
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He came from outer space to save the human race. See more »


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

24 March 2005 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Canção de Nomi  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,510 (USA) (4 February 2005)

Gross:

$74,216 (USA) (1 April 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(archive footage)|
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Na sowas! (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Forgive and Forget
Words and Music by The Marbles
Performed by The Marbles
© Marbles Music/You Tomorrow Music (BMI)
1979-2003
Recording courtesy of The Marbles
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Only the Good Die Young (Boring is death)
19 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a preteen, I became aware of Klaus Nomi's (as well as Nina Hagen's) music through my Public Library. I'm pretty sure that Klaus was dead by the time I had discovered him, but his image has remained with me for over 20-years!! Like nearly everyone-else, I first heard his music through a copy of "Urgh!!: A Music War" (and the Bowie-appearance on SNL!!), and loved "Total Eclipse." What can you say about the late-seventies, early-eighties that hasn't been said before? It was a culturally-vibrant time when people still took SERIOUS artistic-chances. While I see a few rumblings with the kids these-days, most of it comes-off as "apeing," and is mostly-unoriginal. Kids, take some lessons from Klau Nomi, THIS is what is original. So original, it has yet to be surpassed.

I have to say that director Andrew Horn did an extraordinary job on this film in every-respect. My only complaint is: where are the interviews with Nomi's contemporaries, like Gary Numan, Nina Hagen (a glaring-omission), Lydia Lunch and others? Otherwise, this film is about as perfect as one could ever hope. For the uninitiated, and for the fans-alike, this film will be a revelation of unknown-scenes and players, and the loss-for-words power that was Klaus Nomi. It also underscores how underwhelming most culture and music have been since-then. Perhaps, we are close to a "new-change" in the counterculture, and a move-away from it being entirely "youth-oriented." Now, THAT would be revolutionary! While my favorites of this era have traditionally been the likes of Devo, PiL, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, Bebop Deluxe, Pere Ubu, Blondie, Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, Nina Hagen, Suicide, Killing Joke, Wire, Throbbing Gristle, etc., Nomi is utterly unique. And that is probably what is "typical" of that wonderful, cultural-era. Miss it? You-bet! Apparently Rush Limbaugh is a "fan" of Klaus Nomi's music, and encourages people to buy the albums through links at his site! NOW the Weimar-connection is becoming clear. With his recent-addiction to powerful-synthetic narcotics (oxykotin), he kinda reminds me of the closeted Herman Goering.

We can thank-the-Gods for the people who documented these groups, scenes, and beautiful people. Without them, documentaries like "The Nomi Song" would be almost impossible (as with the Velvet Underground-- shame on you Andy). The "New Wave" referred to what the American-branch of "punk" called-itself in its early-days, and it was pretty diverse. Unfortunately, things changed for-the-worse when punk-orthodoxy cemented things into the boring, three-chord pap we're stuck with nowadays. But this happens with all cultural-waves. They eventually become the problem after the initial-shock they provoke. Kinda like a joke that was funny...the first-time. Fine, be boring if you want, but there will always be people who like variety and something that challenges them. Watch this documentary (better-yet, buy it now). It will move you, unless you happen to be an emotionally-retarded homophobe. Then, go buy every Klaus Nomi CD in-print. Then, go make the world a little brighter. Create things that amaze you and your friends. Be magical. Life is short. The amazing, and short-life of Klaus Nomi proves this adage.


10 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Too Much Information qweenkelli
First Non-Nomi Song kieranjw
The Life of Nomi -pastry chef, opera singer, 80's New Wave manicallyhip
Saturday Night Live efrasnel-1
Soundtrack bowiefreak2003
Wire Song legscutoff
Discuss The Nomi Song (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page