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

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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:
Harvey Keitel, Zina Bethune
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

Who's That Knocking at My Door?

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Martin Scorsese
Starring Harvey Keitel, Zina Bethune
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1999
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
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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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was so intrigued to see one of my fav directors first foray into the media... OK perhaps one turns the sound off, it more closely resembles an artsy home movie... BUT the themes, conflicts, dialogue, anguish, and dilemmas definitely compensate with this overwhelmingly emotional experience... and the MUSIC! had no idea Marty started with that quintessential element so early, and being disappointed because his g/f has no clue about Percy! priceless....

related well to the experience with the b/f rage and the helplessness of being raped, still exists to this day unfortunately... seeing the game of SHOOT being played brought back a lot of memories... so many of the characterizations of Roman Catholic Italian American homelife was well captured...

Marty your Mom was absolutely beautiful and am delighted that you have continued to include her in your films, adorable! was most shocked to see such a young Harvey in a sensual role, and the splurge on the revealing dream sequence with that level of passion in a first major film role was jaw dropping... apologies but really quite enjoyed that and guess that makes me a bad girl? lol

kudos my dear for your level of entertainment throughout my life... xx oo
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter John Raimo on June 23, 2002
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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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