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Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy | 12 August 2009 (France)
An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.

Director:

Nina Paley

Writers:

Nina Paley, Valmiki (book)

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7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Annette Hanshaw Annette Hanshaw ... Sita (singing) (archive sound)
Aseem Chhabra Aseem Chhabra ... Narrator - Shadow Puppet 1 (voice)
Bhavana Nagulapally Bhavana Nagulapally ... Narrator - Shadow Puppet 2 (voice)
Manish Acharya ... Narrator - Shadow Puppet 3 (voice)
Reena Shah ... Sita (voice)
Sanjiv Jhaveri Sanjiv Jhaveri ... Dave / Dasharatha / Ravana / Dhobi / Valmiki (voice)
Pooja Kumar ... Surphanaka (voice)
Debargo Sanyal Debargo Sanyal ... Rama (voice)
Aladdin Ullah Aladdin Ullah ... Mareecha / Hanuman (voice)
Nitya Vidyasagar ... Luv / Kush (voice)
Nina Paley Nina Paley ... Nina (voice)
Deepti Gupta ... Kaikeyi (voice)
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Storyline

The movie is about Sita, the Hindu Goddess from the epic "The Ramayana", who accompanies Lord Rama on a 14 year exile in forest. Sita is abducted by Ravana, the ruler of Lanka. This movie tells the story of Rama and Sita, along-with a biographical account of the director's relationship with her husband. Written by pulkitanand

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

I sita tragoudaei ta blues See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The intermission in the movie is a tribute to Bollywood, the Indian Film Industry. See more »

Goofs

The musicians are shown playing with the left and right hands reversed. The clarinet, like all woodwinds, is played with the left hand at the top. The violin is held with the left hand and bowed with the right. But in the movie, the clarinet player has the right hand at the top, and the violin is held with the right and bowed with the left. See more »

Quotes

Narrator - Shadow Puppet 3: [as Sita] Rama will come here, and you still have one last chance, because once he comes here... You know... Your ass is grass.
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Crazy Credits

Genetic Engineer - Dr. Michael Purugganan Nanoscale Coordinator - Stefan Zauscher See more »

Connections

References Batman (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Lover Come Back to Me
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II (as Oscar Hammerstein)
Sung by Annette Hanshaw
Columbia, 1929
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Terrific Film!!!
31 October 2008 | by films42See all my reviews

I saw 32 films in just under 2 weeks at this year's Chicago International Film Festival & SITA SINGS THE BLUES was one of the very best on the entire schedule (& believe me, there were lots of contenders). Paley uses great technique (including four diverse styles of animation) to tell a poignant story that every woman who has ever been in love will certainly understand.

This is a great artistic accomplishment: creatively distilling intense personal pain into great art! BRAVO, Nina!!!

For more on this year's CIFF, see my blog: http://www.thehotpinkpen.com/?p=725


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