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Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

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An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.

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Cast overview:
Annette Hanshaw ...
Sita (singing) (archive sound)
Aseem Chhabra ...
Narrator - Shadow Puppet 1 (voice)
Bhavana Nagulapally ...
Narrator - Shadow Puppet 2 (voice)
Manish Acharya ...
Narrator - Shadow Puppet 3 (voice)
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Sita (voice)
Sanjiv Jhaveri ...
Dave / Dasharatha / Ravana / Dhobi / Valmiki (voice)
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Surphanaka (voice)
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Rama (voice)
Aladdin Ullah ...
Mareecha / Hanuman (voice)
Nitya Vidyasagar ...
Luv / Kush (voice)
Nina Paley ...
Nina (voice)
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Kaikeyi (voice)
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The movie is about Sita, the Hindu Goddess from the epic "The Ramayana", who accompanies Lord Rama on a 14 year exile in forest. Sita is abducted by Ravana, the ruler of Lanka. This movie tells the story of Rama and Sita, along-with a biographical account of the director's relationship with her husband. Written by pulkitanand

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The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.


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I sita tragoudaei ta blues  »

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There are two cats in the film - Lexi and Bruno. Lexi is the striped cat that Nina and Dave had in San Francisco. Bruno is the black cat that Nina has in her apartment in New York. According to Nina Paley's Director's Commentary, Bruno does, in fact, sleep in Nina's armpit, as shown at the end of the movie. See more »

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The musicians are shown playing with the left and right hands reversed. The clarinet, like all woodwinds, is played with the left hand at the top. The violin is held with the left hand and bowed with the right. But in the movie, the clarinet player has the right hand at the top, and the violin is held with the right and bowed with the left. See more »

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Surphanaka: Dear brother, Ravana, have you seen Rama's wife Sita...? She is the most beautiful woman in the world. Her skin is fair like the lotus blossom. Her eyes are like lotus pools. Her hands are like... from... lotuses. Her breasts like... BIG... ROUND... FIRM... JUICY... LOTUSES.
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References Batman (1966) See more »

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If You Want the Rainbow, You Must Have the Rain
Oscar Levant, Billy Rose & Mort Dixon
Sung by Annette Hanshaw
Harmony Records, 1928
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A Blue Man Can Make a Woman Blue...
14 August 2009 | by (sf) – See all my reviews

My comment on the film: Bloody marvelous. "Sita Sings the Blues" shows how one person with a laptop computer and something to say can make a far more satisfying work than 90% of the garbage that gets cranked out by people with a thousand times the money but one-thousandth the inspiration. Whatever its entertainment value (which I found considerable), "Sita..." is a work of ART; it's an individual statement. But it's not simply the "message", either; in terms of execution, Nina Paley made as effective use of this tool (Flash animation) as I would ever expect to see.

My comment on previous comments: Some have suggested that the piece would be "better" if Paley had left out the autobiographical bits, but that's simply nonsense. Her own story is integral to understanding how and why she chose to tell Sita's story the way she did. It isn't simply "background" to the telling of a story from the Ramayana; the piece is a meshing of Sita/Nina. By making the legendary story relevant to one woman's life, we see that it can be relevant to the lives of many. If the "point" of the work were simply to present the Ramayana on film the way "The Ten Commandments" is a filmed presentation of the Book of Exodus, it would be kind of silly to have Sita break into Blues songs in the first place, wouldn't it? Ms. Paley uses Sita's story as raw material, and uses Annette Hanshaw's recordings as raw material, to create something new and personal and totally contemporary.

I can only hope that John Lassiter sees "Sita". Not that I think Pixar has any need to learn anything from Nina Paley, but maybe he can channel some Disney bucks to her so that it won't take her five more years to produce a follow-up. (Just so long as she's allowed total creative control.)


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