In the early Eighties, Martin Scorcese was struggling to get The Last Temptation of Christ into production. After Paramount abandoned the adaptation, Scorcese decided instead to focus on smaller, independent projects. The script for this 1985 black comedy came to him by way of his lawyer, was written as an assignment for a film class, inspired by a surrealist monologue, and later infused with dialogue from Kafka by Scorcese. The result was a cult classic, recently inducted into the Criterion Collection, starring Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Linda Fiorentino, Teri Garr, Catherine O’Hara, and John Heard. While it wasn’t a box office hit, it earned Scorcese the Best Dirctor trophy at Cannes and Universal soon expressed interest in making Last Temptation. Didn’t you hear? The fare went up at midnight – it’s After Hours!
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