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Sita Sings the Blues

/ / / April 29, 2009

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Shadow Distribution presents a film produced, written, directed and animated by Nina Paley. Songs by Annette Hanshaw. Running time: 82 minutes. No MPAA rating. At the Gene Siskel Film Center, May 1-7.

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by Roger Ebert

I got a DVD in the mail, an animated film titled 'Sita Sings the Blues.' It was an version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw. Uh, huh. I carefully filed it with other movies I will watch when they introduce the 8-day week. Then I was told I must see it.

I began. I was enchanted. I was swept away. I was smiling from one end of the film to the other. It is astonishingly original. It brings together four entirely separate elements and combines them into a great whimsical chord. How did Paley's mind work?"

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