Eddo Stern with Steven Amrhein, Nick Crockett, Jessica Hutchins, Lucas Near-Verbrugge
"If you hated the War but loved the Movies, you’ll love this game"
Vietnam Romance is about the fictionalized history of the Vietnam War and its cultural remains. The project takes various forms: computer game, collectible, card game, live performance / puppet show / dinner theatre, and video installation.
Vietnam Romance is a tour of nostalgia for romantics and Deathmatch veterans pitting tourists vs. adventurers, history vs. its fantasies, and games vs. cinema. Film critic Ed Halter, described a film version of the project as exploring “a peculiarly American memory-trip, one in which the legacy of a gruesome war has become indistinguishable from pleasurable, if mythic-tragic, entertainments.”