Monday, June 5, 2017

Moses make-over by animator Nina Paley will have you grooving

By Pauline Dolle
The Seder droned on. The too-oft-repeated stories have ceased to spark the interest that they once did. Then, you get a glimpse of Nina Paley’s unique animated re-telling of the story of Moses, Seder-Masochism. Wow! Cool story, you think. Paley matches the music and lyrics of contemporary songs to her Flash animation of the traditional Jewish story. You are immersed in the experience.Paley’s Moses is stripped of the high language of scripture and the burden of divine pontification. Consequently, he becomes to the audience a real person traveling through his story. The Bible becomes sheet music for lively Mosaic riffs of music and images. Paley’s first full-length film, Sita Sings the Blues, animated the Hindu story of the Ramayana. [More]
Paley researched the story by reading through the account of Moses as written in the Jewish Bible.