... "Bananas is my Business", ladies and gentlemen, absolutely so. I am, for the connoisseurs among you, referring to a documentary about the life of Brazilian (Portuguese-born, as it were) Hollywood legend Carmen Miranda.
Miranda was the first Brazilian woman who rose to worldwide stardom, albeit with a very stereotype kind of performance. The lady with the TUTTI FRUTTI HAT had opened her own hat business in Rio de Janeiro before embarking on a fabulous career as a performer and singer in Los Angeles.
When I was in Brazil, I visited the Carmen Miranda museum in Rio de Janeiro (a U.F.O.-like building planned by architect Affonso Eduardo Reidy - needless to add that he was member of Niemeyer's team at some point; architecture in Brazil without the involvement of Niemeyer is obviously an impossible thing) - it's hard enough to find it, forlorn on a traffic island - but definitely worthwhile.
For people with a combined interest in fashion and cheesy (talking from a present-day perspective, here) movie productions, that is. Carmen Miranda totally rocks, however.
How bizarre - when browsing through online auctions of 1950s collectibles, to which I admit being particularly partial, I came across this totally absurd doll - Carmen Miranda-inspired without the trace of a doubt, which reminded me of the fact that I hadn't posted the Miranda-museum yet. Strange, this blue-eyed 1950s interest in all things exotic...