Jonathan Demme Narrates I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!,” a Short Film About the Counterculture Cartoon Reid Fleming

Ear­li­er today, we sad­ly learned about the pass­ing of Jonathan Demme, direc­tor of The Silence of the Lambs and Stop Mak­ing Sense. We’ll have more to say about his con­tri­bu­tions to cin­e­ma in the morn­ing. But, for now, I want to share a short film, nar­rat­ed by Demme him­self in 2015, called I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!.  Fea­tur­ing stop motion ani­ma­tion and inter­views, the short revis­its David Boswell’s 1970s coun­ter­cul­ture car­toon, Reid Flem­ing, World’s Tough­est Milk­man. Per­haps the car­toon nev­er end­ed up on your radar. But it cer­tain­ly influ­enced a num­ber of impor­tant cre­ators you’re famil­iar with. And, hap­pi­ly, you can still pick up copies of Reid Flem­ing: World’s Tough­est Milk­man on Ama­zon or over at the offi­cial Reid Flem­ing web site.

Direct­ed by Char­lie Tyrell, I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!! will be added to our col­lec­tion, 4,000+ Free Movies Online: Great Clas­sics, Indies, Noir, West­erns, Doc­u­men­taries & More. You can also down­load it over at Tyrel­l’s vimeo page.

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