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Who's That Knocking at My Door? 1968 R CC

3.9 out of 5 stars (7) IMDb 6.8/10

American legend Martin Scorsese made his feature directorial debut with this tender, touching love story about a couple unable to bridge the gap between their divergent worlds.

Starring:
Zina Bethune, Harvey Keitel
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Martin Scorsese
Starring Zina Bethune, Harvey Keitel
Supporting actors Anne Collette, Lennard Kuras, Michael Scala, Harry Northup, Tsuai Yu-Lan, Saskia Holleman, Bill Minkin, Philip Carlson, Wendy Russell, Robert Uricola, Susan Wood, Marissa Mathes, Catherine Scorsese, Victor Magnotta, Paul DeBonde, Thomas Aiello, Marieka, Martin Scorsese
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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"Who's that knocking at my Door", Martin Scorsese's debut film is almost plotless. J.R. (played by Harvey Keitel, brilliant by the way) is a young Italian American living in Little Italy, who after wooing a WASPish girl (Zina Bethune) with his love of John Wayne westerns, is disgusted by her well intentioned admission that she's not a virgin and consequently their relationship ends...
"Who's that knocking..." has all the excesses of a first feature. It's uneven and episodic, sometimes terribly naïve with some overt religious symbolism. These are minor complaints however as the young Scorsese has created a movie that resonates a manic energy, extraordinary style and a rare sense of eroticism. Very important in the Scorsese cannon, the film looks forward to later films ( "Mean Streets", "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas") with its anthropological feel for the males codes his later characters would explore.
Equally important, the film shows how American cinema became colonised by the European ethic of film-making. Heavily influenced by the French New Wave, more specifically Jean-Luc Godard, the film also revels in Scorsese's love for American movies. There are references to Howard Hawks, the intense cinema of John Cassavetes (recalling his milestone "Shadows") and the explosive soundtrack reminds one of Kenneth Anger's underground epic "Scorpio Rising". As impressive a debut as you are likely to see...
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I've been a fan of Scorsese's work for sometime now, and I never thought I would be as taken off guard by a film as I was when I first saw Mean Streets. Who's That Knocking At My Door? blew me away. It is similar in many ways to Mean Streets in both plot and content, but the style and sponataneity are unmatched here. If you thought Johnny Boy was an incredible character, check out Sally Gaga. Harvey Keitel stars, and seems like an entirely different actor, very innocent and affectionate at times, much more so than in his role as Charlie. Easily one of the most personal and heartfelt films ever made. Buy this if you've admired Scorsese's other work.
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The second and final reworking of a small picture Martin Scorsese originally directed in 1965 while a student at NYU is technically far from perfect (occasional bad sound or a scene that appears to be from a multi-generational source) and has stretches of inertia or extreme close-ups that go beyond the daring.

WH'OS THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR? has merit not only as a directorial first effort of an acknowledged master, but for its germination of two ideas Scorsese explored more fully in MEAN STREETS (1973), GOODFELLAS (1990) and to a lesser extent, RAGING BULL (1980): 1.) that male-bonding always takes precedence over man/woman relationships, and 2.) there are two distinct categories of women, as understood by men with a properly guilt-ridden Roman Catholic upbringing.

Harvey Keitel's J.R. clearly makes these distinctions here. He professes to his sweetheart that there are "girls", the kind of women who are innocent, pure and virginal before marriage, and "broads", those that are like the men's room doorknob (everybody gets a turn), labelled by Italian-American guys (like J.R.) as "hoo-urs". The first type you marry and enshrine safely at home, the second you freely get down and dirty with in cheesy motel rooms and car back seats. This double standard would have immediate repercussions to his love life.

As mentioned above, "WHO'S THAT KNOCKING..." has a bifurcated plotline. There's the wolfpack adventures of J.R.
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If You Like Harvey Keitel; Your'll Love His Unchanging Talent In "This Historical Masterpiece Of New York City Life."
As Martin Scorsese's Debut Film In 1968; Scorsese captures Italian Gang Life...Like No Other Director!
I Grew Up In New York City And Can Tell You "This Is Real Film Making."
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