Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What I Thnk Of: Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

I talked about this wonderful independent animated film way back in one of our earlier podcasts. To call this film brilliant, audacious, mesmerizing, and an incredible single-minded vision would do this film a disservice since it must be seen to be believed. Written, produced, directed, and animated entirely by American artist Nina Paley, Sita Sings the Blues, is a 2D computer animated retelling of the Hindu story of Ramayana, interspersed with narration by Indian shadow puppets and with musical interludes voiced and sung by 1920's jazz vocalist Annette Hanshaw. It's a lot to process, with 4 different types of animated styles and again, it was all done by one animator!!! God, this film is amazing. And even after the passing of many months since I first saw this movie, its beauty still haunts me.

You can watch it free at: http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/. The reason and story behind why the movie is under common's licensing is almost as good as the actual movie, so go to the site and check it out. I guarantee that after watching it for free, like me you'll rush out to buy the dvd, if only just to help, however little, this wonder animator named Nina Paley that breathed something so magical into life by herself where you can't help but marvel at such an achievement.

1 comment:

Jay said...

Experience jazz and blues like never before through a dazzling new film! “Sita Sings the Blues” is a spunky animated retelling of the ancient Hindu epic the Ramayana. Told from the virtuous Sita’s point of view, the film features the vocals of jazz legend Annette Hanshaw, whose plaintive lyrics and sensual, bluesy voice perfectly capture Sita’s steadfast devotion to her husband Rama. This gorgeously animated film is now available to rent or own on DVD through Netflix and Amazon