Au Revoir Simone, the Electronic Dream Pop trio from Brooklyn, are big fans of Martin Scorsese. These days, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who isn’t familiar with his work. His longevity is unparalleled, having released numerous works that have served to define eras of film, later becoming popular culture icons. In the 1970s, it was Taxi Driver; in the 80s, Raging Bull. Even the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Bad” is on Scorsese’s resume. Then it was Goodfellas, followed shortly by Casino. Gangs of New York, The Departed, Shutter Island, Boardwalk Empire… if any of these names sound unfamiliar, you either a) have been living under a rock or b) simply have bad taste in films. However, I wouldn’t blame you if you had never heard of After Hours, a film of his released back in ’85.
In this film, the life of an ordinary word processor (yeah, that was a job in 1985) is turned upside down in a series of unfortunate events. While it may be one of Scorsese’s lesser known works, it has gained somewhat of a cult following in recent years, and is certainly worth checking out. It is this film that Au Revoir Simone decided to pay homage to with their latest music video, “Crazy.” In it, the three members of the band act out an abridged version of the film, each taking on the persona of characters from the original motion picture. Directed by Alex Braverman and Poppy de Villeneuve, the video has been picking up momentum since its premiere last week.