Thursday, 29 January 2015

Film Review: India & USA - Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Written, directed, produced and animated by an american artist called Nina Paley, Sita Sings the Blues is a musical created primarily using 2D software graphics and Flash; after the end of several copyrights. The film features three heavy styles of design that stays in relation to classical Bollywood cinema, aiming towards the modern audience and therefore winning an award for 'Gotham's Independent Film Award' for 'Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You'.

Based on the stories and events of the Ramayana, which is in discussion by a comical trio of Indian shadow puppets, the film features the contrast and comparison of artistic style from Paley's real life event and how it relates to the Ramayana legacy. Both stories feature a woman who has been true and faithful to their partner's, but are ultimately let down and 'dumped' by their former lovers.

Sita Sings the Blues has a very strong visual style, but for a modern audience it can loose track of readability and understanding of the general narrative. Despite the repetitiveness of songs and general beat and flow of the animation itself, there is no denying that the trio of puppets sell's the film completely. This film could appeal to anyone studying Bollywood film and cinema, along with seeking inspiration for making their own unique film by themselves.

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