Monday, October 19, 2015

Are You a Member of the 'After Hours' Club?

Would be remiss for not mentioning the 30th anniversary of the release of Martin Scorsese's "After Hours," which probably shouldn't have made me want to move New York but still did. Like "Desperately Seeking Susan," I had the good fortune of working at a movie theater when it came out, so saw it on the big screen dozens of times, forever marveling at the performances by Teri ("Bagel-and-cream-cheese paper weight") Garr, Catherine ("Don't try to write down a phone number with her in the room"!) O'Hara, Linda Fiorentino,Rosanna Arquette and, of course, Griffin Dunne, who should have won an Oscar. And like Susan Seidelman's downtown masterpiece, "After Hours" contains many classic lines my friends and I recite three decades later -- oh, and that leather bar!. People always want to talk about "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas" when they think of Scorsese's finest, but for me, it's all about "The King of Comedy" and this. 

The Decider did an exhaustive post revisiting all of the film's SoHo locales, with great then-and-now photos, that is a must-read for fans of this classic. Read HERE.


Marc Harshbarger said...

I consider myself to be a member of the After Hours Club - such a great film!

SSSDC1 said...

King of Comedy, After Hours, Desperately Seeking Susan. Classics all. I quote these movies all the time, but few people get the references. I need new friends.

Blobby said...

LOVED that films. I almost choked on the 30 years old thing. I do remember going opening weekend (in Columbus, OH) and seeing the reaction of the very very very straight white audience recoil when Dunne's character ducks into what turns to be a gay bar.

I was the moment on the screen, but mostly the audience reaction.

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