The Nomi Song

The Nomi Song

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andrew Horn
Written by Andrew Horn
Release dates
February 6, 2004 (2004-February-06)
Running time
96 minutes (98 outside of Germany)
Country Germany
Language German and English

The Nomi Song is a 2004 documentary about the life of singer Klaus Nomi, written and directed by Andrew Horn. The film debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2004,[1] where it won a Teddy Award for "Best Documentary Film."[2]


Through interviews with Nomi's collaborators and family members, the documentary lightly brushes on the early life of Klaus Sperber before settling in to the five-year period depicting the German singer's reinvention of himself as Klaus Nomi, his rise to fame in New York, his break into the international music market and his death from complications of AIDS in 1983. In addition to interview footage and still photography, the film features archival footage of Nomi performances. The film features East Village personalities such as Kristian Hoffman and songs by artists such as The Bongos, Marbles, the Mumps, and David Bowie.

Critical reception

In his review, Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman described the documentary as "loving and meticulous", giving the film an A-.[3] MTV's Kurt Loder dubbed it "strange and fascinating".[4] In its review of the film, The Advocate called it "engaging",[5] indicating at the DVD release that "New Wave countertenor Klaus Nomi gets his posthumous due in this acclaimed doc."[6]

DVD features

The DVD includes numerous bonus features, including remixes of Nomi songs by Richard Barone, Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters, The Moog Cookbook, and Man Parrish.


  1. Sweeney, Emily (19 May 2005). "Director offers preview of film festival's 'Nomi'". Boston Globe. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  2. "Teddy Award Winner: The Nomi Song". Teddy Award. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  3. Gleiberman, Owen (9 February 2005). "The Nomi Song". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  4. Loder, Kurt (4 February 2005). "'The Nomi Song': Lost In Space". Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  5. Kort, Michele (15 February 2005). "Klaus and Effect". The Advocate: 56. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  6. Duralde, Alonso (16 August 2005). "Sexy Summer DVDs". The Advocate: 97. Retrieved 7 September 2010.

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