Le jour, c'est la vie des êtres, mais la nuit, c'est la vie des choses... (A. Daudet)






Andrew Horn est né le 16-9-1952 à New York.Etudie à l’académie des arts de cette ville.Travaille ensuite comme cinéaste et graphiste. Séjourne comme boursier du DAAD (office allemand d’échanges universitaires) à Berlin, en 1989, et y travaille en tant que cinéaste et auteur. Ses films DOOMED LOVE et THE BIG BLUE furent présentés à la Berlinale dans le cadre du Forum International du Jeune Cinéma. Coscénariste du film EAST SIDE STORY

(réal. Dana Ranga, 1997).




Co-Regie:John Meaney


Co-Regie:Robyn Brentano






#Photo : Cinéma Village  - NYC / Nuart Theatre - Los Angeles


I - The Nomi Song

II- Inteview Andrew Horn






  The Nomi Song  


Est-ce sa voix ou son apparence, avec ce visage fardé de blanc, qui firent le plus sûrement sa notoriété ? Klaus Nomi devint une icône de l’underground new-yorkais à la fois grâce à son fameux registre de contre-ténor et à ses tenues extravagantes, qui lui valurent l’admiration de David Bowie dont il dessina aussi les costumes. Dans les années 70, il était partie intégrante du milieu branché de New York, il jouait dans des films, il se produisait dans des clubs et il enregistrait des disques. Sur scène, son programme oscillait entre « Samson et Dalila », de Saint-Saëns, le hit de l’été de Donna, « I feel love », et « The Twist », de Chubby Checker. Lorsqu’il décéda des suites du sida, en 1983, il était encore loin d’avoir atteint l’apogée de sa popularité. Que ce soit la sortie de compacts posthumes ou la publicité pour la liqueur Jägermeister, Klaus Nomi est encore présent aujourd’hui comme il l’était de son vivant. Dans son film documentaire, Andrew Horn raconte l’histoire de Klaus Nomi, né Sperber, en 1944, en Bavière, qui devint une star à New York. Outre des extraits de ses shows, il présente des témoignages de sa famille, de son ancien professeur de chant et de nombreux amis et collègues. Et Klaus Nomi est lui aussi de la partie . . . sous la forme d’une gigantesque poupée mécanique conçue par l’artiste Pat Keck.





Andrew Horn Interview

#by Isabelle Betemps (webmaster) 23/04/2004


How did cometo or discover Klaus?


A.H. : In, I think, 1978 I was working on a play in NY which was sort of a camp version of the Wagner opera, The Ring.  I did some film sequences for it,

like the Valkyries flying through the air and Brunhilda leaping into the flames, all with cut out figures I had made from photos of the cast members.  A couple weeks into the show, one of the performers, I believe she was a real opera singer (almost none of the cast members could really sing, and many of them actually lost their voices by the time the show opened) dropped out and was replaced by Klaus.  None of the cast members who I asked about it years later knew who he was or how he happened to get involved, he just sort of seemed to have appeared out of nowhere.  He played several roles in the show, including a Rhein Maiden, one of the Valkyries and his big part was The Forest Bird, all sung in his counter tenor voice.  This is where we first met and after that I would often ran into him on the street.  The East Village, at that time, was like a small town and we were always meeting our friends or acquaintances on the street on the way to somewhere or other.  So we would stand on the street corner and talk and he told me that he wanted to put a band together and work with synthesizers and I was sort of surprised, since I just assumed he was a serious opera singer it all seemed a bit weird to me.  Also this was in the middle of the Punk era and all this synthopop stuff was sort of looked down upon, so I didn't really take him very seriously.  Then several months later, I went to a show called New Wave Vaudeville where he made his first appearance as Klaus Nomi, dressed like a space alien, and singing an aria from Samson and Delila amidst clouds of smoke and he completely freaked everybody out.  He was the big hit of the show and the audience was literally screaming when he sang, they just couldn't believe it.  This performance is in the movie, by the way.


How did you get the idea of making a film about his life?

A.H. : It wasn't my idea at first.  I met one of the producers at the documentary film festival in Marseilles.  He has previously done a movie about the singer Nico, called Nico Icon and he wanted to do another similar film and thought about Klaus.  Since I knew Klaus a little and certainly lived

through that time in NY myself, I volunteered.  And over the course of the

production I sort of made the film my own.


What kind of emotions did the making of the movie involved ?


A.H. : Since, as I said, I lived through this time myself, I tried in a way to put

as much of myself into it as I could.  This doesn't mean I made myself a character in the story - I'm not at all - but I sort of had to relive a lot of memories of the time and things we used to do and recapture for myself the spirit we all had then.  One good reason why I felt I should make the movie is that I was pretty familiar with the scene then and as a result it was not very difficult for me to find a lot of the people I had to speak to - as well as dig up the materials I needed -  through my old network of friends.  So it was a matter of getting back in touch with people I hadn't seen in a long time, and becoming friends with people who I only knew slightly as well as getting together and forming new friendships with people I hadn't know then at all.  This was really a big joy for me in the whole production process and I hope that feeling is somehow communicated in the film.  


What was the reaction of the public for the premiere at The Berlin festival ?


A.H. : Well I won't say a film like this was for everyone, but the reaction was

really positive and those that liked it really liked it very, very much and I'm happy to say it won a prize at the end.  Plus it was totally sold out right from the beginning and all the shows were packed.  After the first show, I remember going to the ticket counter to see if I could find an extra ticket for a friend, because I was told that sometimes festival guests got tickets and then couldn't use them, so there were some returns  So, I asked for a ticket and, of course, I was immediately told there were no tickets and then when I asked if maybe somebody might return some, the woman just shook her head and said, "not for that film!"


When will we see the film in France ?


A.H. : There is no date yet, but we are trying to get the film shown in the cinemas.  Later it will be in Arte, since they are one of the co-producers.




 Cold song' by Henri Purcell  * , Performed by Klaus Nomi, 1981



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