Sita Sings the Blues

Sita Sings the Blues

DVD - 2009
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An animated reinterpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana blends the stories of Sita, a goddess separated from her husband Rama, and Nina, an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.
Publisher: [Jersey City, N.J.] : Film Karavan, c2009.
Branch Call Number: SITA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (82 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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DrFolklore
Dec 04, 2017

Sita Sings The Blues is a fine, quirky, full-length, animated film combining The Ramayana, an Indian myth cycle, with the story of an American marriage, accompanied by both Indian music and the 1920's jazz recordings of Annette Henshaw. If you aren't already intrigued, this probably isn't for you. If your idea of good animation is formulaic Pixar pictures with wise-cracking animals and bathroom humour, avoid this one. However, if you like creative, imaginative films rich in symbolism, you'll enjoy this crowd-sourced, trippy movie. It's made for adults, but would be enjoyable for teenagers and preteens. There's mild sexual content and lots of violence, so it's not for small children. Also enjoyable is director Nina Paley's short cartoon, Fetch!, included in the extras, in which Paley makes visual Jokes with art just because she can, as in old Looney Tunes cartoons. I think viewers will love (like me) or hate (if you're a happy consumer of mainstream Hollywood entertainment) Sita Sings The Blues.

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Nursebob
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.

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ElectricMayhem
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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