Here’s a nice reminder that the Internet Archive’s Feature Films collection, like my IA Top 100 list, isn’t just black and white movies from 70 years ago. Sita Sings the Blues is a colorful modern animated movie of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.
Rotten Tomatoes‘ roundup of 32 critics gave a 100% score for Nina Paley’s masterpiece. She originally released it through a Creative Commons license, which is how the IA got it, and in 2013 she officially released it into the public domain. Not only is it a fine movie, it’s an amazing example of what one person can create.