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Bruce and Norman Yonemoto

Bruce and Norman Yonemoto’s latest videotape, Made in Hollywood, 1990, falls somewhere between two films to which its title seems to refer: Jean-Luc Godard’s widely recognized Made in U.S.A., 1966, and Jeff Koons’ upcoming Made in Heaven. Situated between the past and the future, between Godard’s worldly hell and Koon’s heaven (insofar as Hollywood symbolizes the quintessentially American promise of dreams come true), Made in Hollywood weaves a tight allegory the simplicity of which is deceptive.

By serving as a blank screen onto which all of the other characters project their desires, an alluringly naive country girl named Tammy (Patricia Arquette) serves as the story’s motive force. When Tammy inevitably leaves Granny on the farm to pursue stardom, Granny gives her a parting gift, a small box that she must promise to open only should she fall into the direst of straits. A sophisticated

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