Carmen Miranda Dances in 'That Night in Rio'

The more I see Carmen Miranda, the more I find her one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. In this clip from Fox's 1941 musical comedy That Night in Rio, Miranda sings and shakes to the rhythms of Roberto Martins' “Cai, Cai.”

Now, what the heck is she singing?

Cai, cai, cai, cai
Eu não vou te levantar
Cai, cai, cai, cai
Quem mandou escorregar?

Fall (down), fall, fall, fall
I'm not going to help you get back up
Fall, fall, fall, fall
Whoever told you to slip [and fall]?

That's why songs should usually be left untranslated…

Also in the That Night in Rio cast: Alice Faye, Don Ameche, S.Z. Sakall, J. Carrol Naish, Curt Bois, and the Bando da Lua.

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1 Comment to Carmen Miranda Dances in 'That Night in Rio'

  1. Gabriela Marques Costa

    Excellent article!
    Congratulations on your tribute to the eternal diva Carmen Miranda.

    Please have a look at my blog, where I too make a tribute to Carmen Miranda through my art and paintings.
    Best regards,
    Gabriela Marques da Costa
    http://gabrielamarquescosta.wordpress.com/