Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business

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Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business is a 1995 documentary filmed and directed by Helena Solberg. This documentary chronicles the life and career of Carmen Miranda, Hollywood's symbol of Latin American spirit in the 1940s. The documentary tells her... read more

Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business is a 1995 documentary filmed and directed by Helena Solberg. This documentary chronicles the life and career of Carmen Miranda, Hollywood's symbol of Latin American spirit in the 1940s. The documentary tells her life story in a series of stages, beginning with her roots and rise to stardom in her home country of Brazil, her transition and development as a performer in the United States, first on Broadway in New York City, then in the film industry after she signed with 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles, and her later years in life, before her death and her return to Brazil. Helena Solberg uses two different film styles, biography and directorial reverie, in which Solberg uses actor Erick Barretos to “resurrect Carmen Miranda in several fantasy sequences. Helena Solberg's attitudes shift throughout the documentary from awe-struck child to empathetic and forgiving Brazilian woman, which she uses to represent the contradictory subplots of Carmen Miranda's life. Alongside the fantasy like resurrection of Miranda, Solberg accompanies her documentary with multiple interviews with Carmen Miranda's friends and family, like her sister, her first boyfriend, the guitarist Laurindo Almeida, samba composer Synval Silva, Cesar Romero, and Alice Faye.

Original Release

04/13/1995

Cast

Carmen Miranda Herself (archive footage) / Self
Aurora Miranda Herself / Self
Cesar Romero Himself / Self
Rita Moreno Herself / Self
Alice Faye Herself / Self
Mario Cunha Himself / Self
Synval Silva Himself / Self
Eric Barreto Carmen Miranda, Fantasy Sequences / Carmen Miranda
Leticia Monte Carmen Miranda, teenager / Young Carmen Miranda
Helena Solberg Narrator
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Helena Solberg

Writers

Helena Solberg

Cast

Carmen Miranda Herself (archive footage) / Self
Aurora Miranda Herself / Self
Cesar Romero Himself / Self
Rita Moreno Herself / Self
Alice Faye Herself / Self
Mario Cunha Himself / Self
Synval Silva Himself / Self
Eric Barreto Carmen Miranda, Fantasy Sequences / Carmen Miranda
Leticia Monte Carmen Miranda, teenager / Young Carmen Miranda
Helena Solberg Narrator
Cynthia Adler Hedda Hopper / Luella Hopper
Aloysio de Oliveira Himself
Tania Cypriano Carmen Miranda's Voice

Producers

Editors

David Meyer, Amanda Zinoman

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