Sita Sings the Blues
Dec 29 to Dec 30
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Nina Paley - 2011 - 82m - MOM'S MATINEE! - All Seats just $5 !
Tragedy, comedy and musical collide in this gloriously animated film from Nina Paley. Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three bickering shadow puppets with Indian accents act as comic narrators as these old and new stories are interwoven in a post-modern retelling of the ancient Indian epic, Ramayana, animated in a dazzling mix of traditional and collage animation style, and backed by a soundtrack from legendary 1920's jazz singer Annette Hanshaw.
Sita Sings the Blues follows in the line of Triplets of Belleville, Spirited Away, Waltz With Bashir, and Persepolis to exemplify animation as a "serious" art form — which does not stop it from being laugh-out-loud funny. A panoply of monsters, gods, goddesses, warriors, sages, pyromaniac monkeys and winged eyeballs fills the screen with vivid color from start to finish, while the narrators' improvisational debates over the Rama legend join the filmmaker's own tragicomic story and Hanshaw's done-me-wrong tunes to layer a modern feminist commentary on the ancient Indian legend. The result is a subtly subversive, visually stunning, highly original work of art that is as enjoyable for children as it is for adults!
"A ONE WOMAN PIXAR!" - Wired Magazine
"DAZZLING AND POIGNANT! … an almost indescribable pleasure!" - Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"I AM ENCHANTED! I AM SWEPT AWAY! … I am 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." - Roger Ebert
"DELIGHTFULLY SUBVERSIVE!" - Variety
"PUTS DISNEY TO SHAME!" - Filmmaker Magazine
"BEAUTIFULLY AUDACIOUS AND PLAYFULLY FUNNY!" - Premiere Magazine