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Salome

United Media Arts Studies (UMAS), Geoffrey Shea, Paulette Phillips and Dimitrije Martinovic

1989, 07:00 minutes, colour, French, English sub-titles

TAPECODE 2008.03

Salome was produced as a co-production with Radio Canada (CBC) for a rock video program. Salome is based on the opera by Richard Strauss. Salome is a traditional tale of power, lust, incest and betrayal, contemporized and played out as a hyper-narrative tale of desire beyond control.
Salome is a bad girl; King Herod is a morally bankrupt industrialist; and John the Babtist is a raving lunatic. The action is located within the ultimate symbol of ostentatious excess, the limosine, which zooms through the urban landscape as a symbol of wealth and inaccessability. The passengers remain enclosed and impervious to the afflictions of the outside world. All aboard are doomed to play out their roles to the end.

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