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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Video Beaverhausen: Carmen Miranda ~ Bananas Is My Business

I first saw Bananas Is My Business at the Film Forum in Manhattan during its 1995 release. It's a spectacular documentary about our girl in the tutti frutti hat.

Carmen was the original bananarama, and here she is shown in all her divine, campy glory. You could make banana splits from some of her headdresses!

The film won awards at the Brazil and Havana film festivals. It is a pastiche of archival footage, some of it quite rare, and a few enacted recreations.

Like many great female stars of the silver screen, like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, she was ultimately forced to become an on-screen caricature of herself.

The documentary is full of many interesting and little known facts about Ms Miranda and her achievements. She's the first South American to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for instance.

Brava Carmen and bravo Bananas Is My Business!

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