Press:BFI Publishing British Film Institute; 2013 edition (April 2, 2013)
Author Name:Shaw, Lisa
This is the first book-length study of Carmen Miranda in English.
It traces her origins as a radio singer, recording artist and film star in Brazil in the 1930s, before exploring in depth her Hollywood screen roles and the construction of her long-lasting star persona in the USA.
From the Back Cover
Carmen Miranda was not only the first Latin American star to be invited to imprint her hands and feet outside Grauman's ChineseTheatre in Hollywood, she was also, for a period, the highest paid female star in the US.
Lisa Shaw's study of Miranda's film career and star persona traces her emergence as one of the first stars of the Brazilian film industry and her subsequent triumph in Hollywood.Shaw charts Miranda's transition from singer to film star, analysing how her star persona drew on performance techniques honed during her singing career.
She examines shifts in Miranda's star identity after her move to Broadway in 1939, and Hollywood a year later, with her identification as an 'ethnic' star emphasised by extravagant baiana costumes.Shaw shows how Miranda consciously constructed an identity that both endorsed and subverted stereotypes about Latin Americaduring the era of the 'Good Neighbor Policy', and explores Miranda's appeal across mainstream and marginalised audiences, both in the US and Brazil.
Finally, she considers why Miranda's image is still instantly recognisable, examining her impact on material culture, particularly women's fashions, both during her lifetime and until the present day, and the role played in the consecration of her 'tropical' star persona by imitators, ranging from Bugs Bunny, Lucille Ball and Mickey Rooney, to contemporary Carmen Miranda imitators of both genders
About the Author
LISA SHAW is a Reader in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at the University of Liverpool.
She is the author of The Social History of the Brazilian Samba (1999), and co-author (with Stephanie Dennison) of Popular Cinema in Brazil (2004) and Brazilian National Cinema (2007).
She co-edited (with Rob Stone) the book Screening Songs in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema (2012), and was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust to complete a research project entitled 'Tropical Travels: Brazilian Popular Culture Abroad, 1870-1945' in 2012.
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