Based on Romance

1979, 24:15 min, color, sound

This stylized narrative is the first in the Yonemotos' Soap Opera Series,in which they employ the traditional syntax and codes of melodrama to explore how mass media formulas manipulate desire and sexuality, fantasy and reality. Played out with the self-conscious acting and dialogue of a soap opera, this story of the dissolution of a contemporary romance is set in the context of the postmodern Southern California art scene. By emphasizing modes of representation — TV, movies, art — the Yonemotos reconstruct a narrative of melodrama itself, illustrating their assertion that personal dramas and romantic ideals are the result of media propaganda, a social fantasy that becomes reality.

Directors: Bruce and Norman Yonemoto. Camera/Lighting: Nikolai Ursin. Written/Produced by Bruce Yonemoto. Performers: Anastasia Hagerstrom, Michael Hickman, Wenden Baldwin, Harvey Segalove. A KYO-DAI production.

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