After Hours. 1985. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Screenplay by Joseph Minion. With Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Teri Garr. 35mm. 97 min.
In this zany entry in Scorsese’s New York catalog, office drone Paul Hackett is thrust into a “yuppie nightmare cycle” after meeting the electrifying Marcy Franklin (Rosanna Arquette). Plummeting into a humiliating series of mishaps involving artists, punks, and plaster, Paul’s Kafkaesque descent is a surreal journey into the depths of downtown nightlife. Today, Scorsese’s vision plays like a time capsule of pre-Giuliani New York and a tribute to a vanished Soho that’s been displaced to the outer boroughs.