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Will They Ever Know Me ?

So, last night, in a near blizzard conditions, I went to see The Nomi Song at the Brattle Theatre, and it was well worth braving the elements. This film is a documentary of sorts, chronicling the rise and untimely demise of Klaus Sperber, who reinvented himself as Klaus Nomi, an alien who fell from space and was a genuine countertenor to boot. Was he trying to be unknowable ? Was it all an act ? Did it matter ? He never failed to make an impression.

There are approximately a zillion other reviews of this film on the 'net, and I'd like to say that most of them are pretty on the mark – the interviews with his collaborators and contemporaries are good, but more Nomi, please. Maybe they will be shown in more complete form as DVD bonus features, after all the effort it must have taken to collect them. The use of It Came From Outer Space isn't quite as campy as I feared. I also found his live performance of Henry Purcell's “The Cold Song” to be very affecting – however theatrical and considered his presentation of himself, there's no doubt he knew and felt exactly what he was doing.

Here is a fabulous up-close account of Nomi's best days in New York, especially concerning his appearance with David Bowie on Saturday Night Live.

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rpkrajewski
Mar. 10th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
It's an injustice that you of all people haven't seen it yet ! Maybe you can lobby the local art-house cinema…
dwfriend
Mar. 10th, 2005 11:50 am (UTC)
Do you nomi?
I saw the film in NYC.
The director spoke after the screening.
He did a little Q&A. . . . or was it T&A? Anyway, he said, "That's all the performance footage there is." In fact he claimed he even had to loop some of the musical performances to fit the scenes. So the DVD will have no extra performance footage.
Several people in the crowd muttered and refused to believe, "that's all there is?"
Me? I believe Peggy Lee.
What makes a man start a fire?
rpkrajewski
Mar. 10th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
If you don't nomi by now…
Well, a scarcity of material of I can beleive (especially the pre-RCA live stuff), although That Scene was rather well-documented. I'd at least like to see complete versions of the bits that were faded out or cut away from. So tantalizing !

I am not sure about the director's ability to amass material. For one thing, we don't hear much from who we worked with in his “big in Europe” phase. Also, apparently, he did mannequin duty at Fiorucci (kiss kiss). How could you not mention that !
modpixie
Mar. 10th, 2005 12:27 pm (UTC)
hi there --

seems like we've been orbiting one another's flists for a while. i agree with you wholeheartedly on the nomi front -- i found this film impressive and was really moved by nomi. have added you. hope that's okay.

--chelsea
rpkrajewski
Mar. 10th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
Welcome !
Yeah, our mutual flisting was inevitable, wasn't it ? ;) Please to meet ya !
dorothy_parka
Mar. 12th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
god, so much nostaglia for me this AM. i haven't seen this yet. will it make me cry? i used to go see klaus at hurrah's every time he played and my parents would let me go--sometimes even on school nights. haughie the doorman would let me in because he had a crush on my boyfriend.
rpkrajewski
Mar. 14th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
Wow, you were so lucky. Maybe you'll cry tears of joy if you see it !
mykescipark
Apr. 13th, 2005 12:53 am (UTC)
oh, man, i WISH i knew this was playing... *sigh*
rpkrajewski
Apr. 14th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
Welcome !
I'm sure it will be out on video soon.

And now I'm disappointment in missing the Books at the MFA because Keith “Hrvatski” Fullerton Whitman is going to be playing too ! Argh !
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