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The Nomi Song

Clips from the sci-fi classic It Came From Outer Space bookend this affectionate remembrance of the late Klaus Nomi, who with unusual talent and an alien's sense of dislocation fashioned an androgynous persona that seemed out of this world. The gay German emigre rose to prominence in New York's avant-garde club scene in the 70s, wowing audiences with his falsetto delivery of opera and pop tunes. Considering that every image of Klaus is decades old, it's remarkable how well the film illustrates his creative process; in one scene we see him contemplating a photo of Marlene Dietrich and adopting a costume, then performing a cover of “Falling in Love Again” that fuses cabaret, techno-pop, and a dash of punk. Contemporary interviews with his friends and associates are notable for their candor. Andrew Horn, writer of East Side Story, directs, stylishly. 96 min.

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