Touring the Mother Road


Visiting Santa Barbara

NICO, 1988

The last two years of icon Nico (Christa Päffgen’s) life (October 16, 1938- July 18, 1988) are chronicled in Director Susanna Nicchiarelli’s film. Nico was an uncompromising artist whose career intersected music, fashion, and film. At 16 she was a top model for international fashion magazines, two years later acted in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita and films by other international directors, including starring in Jacques Poitrenaud's Strip-Tease. Afterwards, she started singing, meeting legend Bob Dylan and working with rockers Jimmy Page, and Brian Jones who introduced her to pop-artist Andy Warhol. He featured Nico in his experimental films such as Chelsea Girls, and inserted her into the Velvet Underground band that he managed. That relationship lasted one album, but she did get song credits and a working relationship with John Cale and Lou Reed for solo efforts. Nico continued intermingling film and musical projects throughout the ‘70s. In the film brilliantly portrayed by Trine Dyrholm’s she is solely doing music, slightly above surviving, and trying to bond with her long lost son (allegedly fathered by actor Alain Delon). Sadly Nico never achieved commercial success. Nonetheless, 30 years after dying she is recognized as an important influence for many musicians.