Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1967)
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Written by Martin Scorsese with additional dialogue by Betzi Manoogian.
The shooting started in 1964 and ended up 4 or 5 years later, with some of the bedroom scenes shot in Holland.
It's the story of a young good for nothing guy from Little Italy just bumming around with his friends and falling in love with a girl, blond and non-Italian, who is just a size too big for his conservative and male chauvinistic values.
Haunting B&W camera work foretells the great director of the future..
Choppy editing but surprise! It's the same Thelma Schoonmaker who edited this “student film”. She will of course collaborate on many other projects with Marty and end up winning TWO Editing Oscars (for The Aviator in 2005 and Raging Bull in 1980).
The story line is nothing to write home about – young bum for whom women are either “girls” or “broads” and “whores” tries to find happiness as the world and his own background conspire against him. But young Keitel and Scorcese treat us to the raw talent that will eventually evolve into a focus of major fascination for us all movie fans and writers.
A 6 out of 10 for B&W camera work.
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.Read more ›
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I'm a nut for anything Harvey Keitel. This was a different movie. The fashion and time period of the movie is fantastic. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bomb of Suburbia
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was so intrigued to see one of my fav directors first foray into the media... Read more
It's obvious that Scorsese was going places after this low-budget debut. Fans might note that Mean Streeets is omewhat of a remake of Who's That Knocking... Read morePublished on July 22, 2010 by P. Silverman
Who's That Knocking at My Door ( 1969 ) attracts viewers
from the 2 punch combination, of being a Martin Scorcese
picture and of headlining Harvey Keitel. Read more
Who's That Knocking At My Door is primarily of historical interest, more an exercise in style - in this case a New York 60s spin on nouvelle vague and Italian neo-realism - than a... Read morePublished on April 28, 2008 by Trevor Willsmer
Martin Scorsese's debut film is one that may not be remembered when looking back over his career, but it is one that should be seen to understand just what a brilliant mind he... Read morePublished on September 6, 2007 by Ryan Rogers
This is something of a made-in-my-garage early effort from Scorsese and accordingly has plenty of rough edges and little in the way of charm or transcendence. Read morePublished on May 17, 2006 by mojo_navigator