Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Adaptation Film Programme: Sita Sings The Blues (2008)

Figure 1: Movie Poster  [Still Image]

Sita Sings the Blues (2008) was an independent project written, directed, produced and animated by American cartoonist, Nina Paley. It took about 5 years to produce this film as it was Paley’s first feature film. This animated film was a success as it clinched several prestigious awards which includes Best Animated Feature at Ottawa International Animation Festival and Jury’s Special Prize at Festival MONSTRA. This film was released for free to download in early March 2009.

Sita Sings the Blues (2008) was divided into having two plots where one was an adaptation of Sanskrit epic poem called the Ramayana. The prince (Rama) was exiled from the kingdom by his father for 14 years. Sita, a devoted wife of Rama, was determined to accompany her husband into the woods despite knowing the dangers that lies ahead. The second plot was based upon Paley’s life, a contemporary parallel to the film. Her husband was offered a 6 months contract in India of which he accepted. The latter plot was the American version of the story of Rama and Sita.

Three friends who discusses about the story of Prince Rama and Sita narrated the film and as it was a tale passed on from one generation to the next, the details the narrators knew about it varied. Additionally, since the setting was in India, the film has followed Bollywood’s style of directing with songs and intermission included in them. In terms of art direction, this film uses multiple styles, which captures the audience attention at every scene. Specks of humor from the narrators contribute to the joy in watching this film. Overall, I do recommend this film as culture, romance and stylistic piece of work make up this film.

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Figure 1 Sita Sings The Blues (2008) [Poster] at http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81eAhRldMCL._SL1500_.jpg (Accessed on 17 February 2015)

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