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Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

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

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Cast

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Annette Hanshaw ...
Sita (singing) (archive sound)
Aseem Chhabra ...
Narrator - Shadow Puppet 1 (voice)
Bhavana Nagulapally ...
Narrator - Shadow Puppet 2 (voice)
Manish Acharya ...
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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)
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Luv / Kush (voice)
Nina Paley ...
Nina (voice)
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Kaikeyi (voice)
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Storyline

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 »

Goofs

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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Rama: Assemble the monkey warriors!
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Genetic Engineer - Dr. Michael Purugganan Nanoscale Coordinator - Stefan Zauscher See more »

Connections

References Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Here We Are
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Annette Hanshaw
Harmony Records, 1929
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animation on a laptop
14 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

The vocalist in Sita Sings the Blues is Annette Hanshaw, a jazz vocalist 75 years ago, now probably unremembered by all but researchers. She is remembered now as one of the integral elements in Nina Paley's beautifully animated first film, produced on her laptop computer over a period of five years. For me, this is a landmark film in dissolving my resistance to animation.

The other elements so well integrated are the personal history of Nina Paley's broken marriage, the analogous situation of Sita's rejection by Rama in the Indian epic, Ramayana, and animated (in both senses) conversation about that epic.

I first enjoyed this in a press screening for the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival. Then I took visiting relatives, including a 9 year old granddaughter, to see it. All were delighted. This is that rare film that appeals both to children and adults.

The animated Sita reminded me of Betty Boop, but with a greater emphasis on the boobs. Time does march on.


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