Sita Sings the Blues

Sita Sings the Blues

DVD - 2009
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Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as 'The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.'
Publisher: [Jersey City, N.J.] : Film Karavan, c2009
Branch Call Number: DVD Sita
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (82 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 27, 2014

Nina Paley’s wonderfully retro-looking animated feature draws parallels between the story of a contemporary woman (herself) being unceremoniously dumped by a longterm boyfriend and the Hindu epic of the Ramayana which recounts the rocky relationship of Rama and Sita. Both women thought they had found the love of their lives only to discover that sometimes men can be real jerks. Paley’s low-tech animation makes for a gorgeous psychedelic treat filled with vibrant colours and whimsical characters. She continuously shifts across timelines.....from a drab apartment in NYC to the glorious heyday of Hindu mythology.......employing different forms of animation along the way. I especially enjoyed the running commentary provided by a comical trio of rather confused shadow puppets that had the audience laughing out loud as they argued over the finer points of the ancient text. True to the title of the film, Sita does indeed sing the blues or at least lip-synchs to some 1920’s torch songs. Not being a fan of this type of music I found these interludes more distracting than entertaining and they caused the film to drag on in parts. In spite of this one drawback though, I still found “Sita” to be a rainbow-coloured charmer.

kevfarley Feb 11, 2012

Some beautiiful and exciting animation!
I can see why some religeous Hindus would feel that the honky-tong singing is offensive! I just found it to be... artificial.

Feb 24, 2010

A woman in NY goes through a bad relationship then she starts reading the Ramayana stories of India. Then she created this animated retelling of the loyal wife Sita interspersed with Sita singing blues songs. A couple of words make this inappropriate for children, but it's a quirky, cute, and fun.


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