Le jour, c'est la
vie des êtres, mais la nuit, c'est la vie des choses... (A.
Horn est né
le 16-9-1952 à New
York.Etudie à l’académie
arts de cette ville.Travaille
cinéaste et graphiste.
boursier du DAAD
à Berlin, en 1989,
y travaille en tant
que cinéaste et
films DOOMED LOVE
et THE BIG BLUE
présentés à la Berlinale
dans le cadre du
du Jeune Cinéma.
du film EAST SIDE
ELAINE.A STORY OF LOST LOVE
THE BIG BLUE
THE NOMI SONG
: Cinéma Village - NYC / Nuart Theatre - Los Angeles
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
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
la liqueur Jägermeister, Klaus Nomi est encore présent
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
et collègues. Et Klaus Nomi est lui aussi de la partie
. . . sous la forme d’une
gigantesque poupée mécanique conçue par l’artiste Pat
Isabelle Betemps (webmaster) 23/04/2004
did cometo or discover Klaus?
I think, 1978 I was working on a play in NY which was sort of a
of the Wagner opera, The Ring. I did some film sequences for
the Valkyries flying through the air and Brunhilda leaping into
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
was a real opera singer (almost none of the cast members could really
and many of them actually lost their voices by the time the show
dropped out and was replaced by Klaus. None of the cast members
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
several roles in the show, including a Rhein Maiden, one of the
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
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
the way to somewhere or other. So we would stand on the street
talk and he told me that he wanted to put a band together and work
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
so I didn't really take him very seriously. Then several months
I went to a show called New Wave Vaudeville where he made his first
as Klaus Nomi, dressed like a space alien, and singing an aria from
Samson and Delila amidst clouds of smoke and he completely freaked
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
is in the movie, by the way.
did you get the idea of making a film about his life?
wasn't my idea at first. I met one of the producers at the
festival in Marseilles. He has previously done a movie about
Nico, called Nico Icon and he wanted to do another similar film
about Klaus. Since I knew Klaus a little and certainly lived
that time in NY myself, I volunteered. And over the course
I sort of made the film my own.
What kind of emotions did the making of the movie involved ?
as I said, I lived through this time myself, I tried in a way to
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
memories of the time and things we used to do and recapture for
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
not very difficult for me to find a lot of the people I had to speak
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
in a long time, and becoming friends with people who I only knew
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
What was the reaction of the public for the premiere at The Berlin festival
I won't say a film like this was for everyone, but the reaction
positive and those that liked it really liked it very, very much
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
I remember going to the ticket counter to see if I could find an
ticket for a friend, because I was told that sometimes festival
got tickets and then couldn't use them, so there were some returns
I asked for a ticket and, of course, I was immediately told there
tickets and then when I asked if maybe somebody might return some,
just shook her head and said, "not for that film!"
When will we see the film in France ?
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
, Performed by Klaus Nomi,