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MARTIN SCORSESE DIRECTS GRIFFIN DUNNE IN 'AFTER HOURS'

Title: AFTER HOURS Cast: Griffin Dunne, Patricia Arquette Year: 1985 Rating: *****

For the then very underrated, semi-underground and mostly unrewarded director Martin Scorsese, between his 1990 breakthrough GOODFELLAS and gritty boxing biopic RAGING BULL... at the beginning of the otherwise comparably anti-arthouse 1980's, he created his most thrilling and outright entertaining, hilarious feature film...

And the neo noir comedy AFTER HOURS provides some of Scorsese's best visual direction — every single movement of every single person that central lead Griffin Dunne as Paul Hackett encounters is covered by either creative slow-pans or signature quick-zoom-shots, rhythmically in-step with precise, strategically-offbeat cinematography and editing...

Griffin Dunne and Rosanna Arquette in AFTER HOURS

White rabbit Rosanna Arquette plays Marcy, a fickle beauty initially leading Hackett to the progressing nightmare of post-midnight Soho, New York, a neon purgatory... 

She drives our bored, passively-glib and borderline neurotic computer processor subtly nuts as the location takes on a vividly bizarre, everything-goes-wrong character all its own... 

Griffin Dunne in AFTER HOURS

Also involving other unpredictable dames, like Arquette's sultry sculptor roommate Linda Florentino, Teri Garr as a neo hippie-chick and Catherine O'Hara, an ice cream lady who winds up leading the proverbial torch-lit mob after a single guy who, like the director himself, yearned for something new and exciting...

Overall the AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON fan-favorite actor makes the perfect cinematic pawn (especially each time he's suddenly/momentarily defensive) for Scorsese to pull the strings, quicker and more adventurous than he'd ever done before. 

Griffin Dunne in AFTER HOURS with Teri Garr
Griffin Dunne and Linda Florentino in AFTER HOURS
Rosanna Arquette in AFTER HOURS
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