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Tide Was Always HighThe Music of Latin America in Los Angeles$
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Josh Kun

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294394

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294394.001.0001

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Doing the Samba on Sunset Boulevard

Doing the Samba on Sunset Boulevard

Carmen Miranda and the Hollywoodization of Latin American Music

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(p.84) 3 Doing the Samba on Sunset Boulevard
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Tide Was Always High
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Walter Aaron Clark

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294394.003.0004

This chapter focuses on Latin American singer and actress Carmen Miranda, who helped create an all-purpose, homogeneous image of Latin Americans, their culture, and especially their music. Hollywood used Miranda as a do-all prop in dramatic settings as diverse as New York, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Havana, and Mexico. The resulting conflation of costumes, instruments, musical genres, and languages is highly entertaining on one level but pernicious and (at the time) politically counterproductive on another. The partial coverage by US news media of events in South America left a gap that is “often filled by fictional representations in motion pictures and television shows. Film, in particular, has played a major role in shaping modern America's consciousness of Latin America.”

Keywords:   Carmen Miranda, Latin Americans, Latin American music, singer, actress

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