• Sita Sings the Blues

    2008. USA. Nina Paley. 82 min.

Thursday, November 20, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Sita Sings the Blues

    2008. USA. Written, directed, and animated by Nina Paley. Paley was inspired to make the transition from comic strips to animation after traveling to India and discovering the Ramayana, an ancient Sanskrit epic about the star-crossed love between Prince Rama and his wife Sita. Recognizing echoes of her own romantic travails in this timeless Indian story, Paley has created a marvelously inventive, charming, and poignant animated musical—winner of the Best Feature award at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival—using a spirited chorus of Indonesian shadow puppets, the torch songs of 1920s jazz singer Annette Hanshaw, and dazzling animation techniques that recall everything from Lotte Reininger's silhouettes and Busby Berkeley dance routines to Max Fleischer's Betty Boop, Mughal miniature painting, and the 1950s design of the UPA animation studio. 82 min.

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