Carmen Miranda - Bananas Is My Business
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The story behind Carmen Miranda, the young Brazilian woman, born in Portugal to Portuguese parents, is finally revealed in Helena Solberg's compelling, cautionary film, that is disclosed to us through an innovative and engaging series of archived films, fantasy re-enactments and personal accounts of people who knew the woman behind the bananas. Let me tell you, here and now, bananas weren't the ONLY thing that were her business. Don't let the song fool you! ("Bananas Is My Business") Carmen Miranda was actually born Maria de Carmen, to Portuguese parents who immigrated with their young, two-year old daughter to Brazil.Read more ›
We see many still photos of Carmen in her late teenage years; sometimes we also see an actress playing a very young Carmen on the beach mostly likely because no such footage exists. The footage of Carmen performing with her original Brazilian band is wonderful; and the brief remaining footage of a movie she did with her sister in Brazil is practically priceless.
As you may have guessed, interviews and footage are interspersed throughout the film. There's great footage from movies Carmen starred in; most notable of all this footage is the way over the top musical number by Busby Berkeley from the movie The Gang's All Here. Great!
The interviews we get are very well done. We get lots of insight and memories from Alice Faye, Cesar Romero, and a couple of songwriters for Carmen and her band in Brazil. Perhaps the best interviews are from Carmen's cousin and Carmen's sister who really knew her extremely well.
There is considerable time spent on how the Brazilian journalists accused Miranda of forgetting her country and becoming too Americanized. I'm sure this upset Carmen very badly.
One thing we do not get is any interview time with husband Dave Sebastian, who reportedly was very cruel to Carmen and even physically abusive. I think that the producers of this film wouldn't want to give him the chance to smear Carmen by interviewing him if indeed he was still living at the time this film was made.Read more ›
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This DVD was very intriguing, entertaining and sad. I'm so glad I ordered it. I watched this documentary with my 80+ years young Mother and she remembers her movies and the bad... Read morePublished 14 months ago by J H Garza
really thrilled with this dvd ,Have watched it several times since l recieved it in the mailand still continue to enjoy itPublished on February 4, 2014 by lavenderose
This is a biopic of the late Carmen Miranda, jazzed up a little with the fantasy that she came back from the afterlife to visit us. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Rainchild
I bought this movie for a friend and he is in love with Carmen Miranda. I do not know anything about her, but I know that her movies on DVD are hard to find and he collects them. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Christine M.
After unsuccessfully searching for months online to find this in English. I finally broke down and bought it. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by msx15626
I first saw this documentary back in about 1995 while
I was living in Atlanta on TBS I believe it was... Read more
This was a very odd documentary. Normally, I enjoy this forum of film. I enjoy learning about a person or events that I normally would never learn about. Read morePublished on September 25, 2004 by A. Gyurisin
This documentary is more about the director and her feelings about Carmen Miranda than Carmen. In the end, I find she does no more service to her than Hollywood did. Read morePublished on February 25, 2003