PRINT Summer 1990


Sandra Bernhard

I GOTTA BE ME? Some persona said that. We’re ruled by personas, addicted to images, obsessed with celebrities. And Sandra Bernhard presents herself as a pure product of this performance culture. She travels in hyperreality, and she loves it—almost as much as she hates it.

Without You I’m Nothing is the film of a performance about performance, written by Bernhard and John Boskovich, directed by Boskovich. Bernhard plays every side of the media-made equation: spectator and spectacle, fan and star, consumer and commodity. We first meet her in her dressing room, where she looks into our eyes and shares a confidence: “I have one of those hard-to-believe faces.” Her looks don’t fall within the narrow parameters allowed to women in the movies. But more to the point in this film is a whole culture of hard-to-believe, where an intimate-moment-with-a-star like this one is calculated, rehearsed, and

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