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Who's That Knocking At My Door (1967)

Mean Streets was just around the corner.

Original Title : I Call First
Director : Martin Scorsese
Writer : Martin Scorsese
Betzi Manoogian
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Betzi Manoogian, Haig Manoogian, Joseph Weill
Photography : Richard H. Coll
Michael Wadleigh
Distributor : Joseph Brenner Associates, Warner Home Video, Warner Home Video
IMDB ID : 0063803
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Who's That Knocking At My Door (1967) - Martin Scorsese
 

Starring

Zina Bethune Girl
Harvey Keitel J.R.
Anne Collette Young girl in dream
Lennard Kuras Joey
Michael Scala Sally Gaga
Harry Northup Harry
Tsuai Yu-Lan Girl in dream fantasy
Saskia Holleman Girl in dream fantasy
Bill Minkin Iggy at Party
Philip Carlson Boy in Copake (as Phil Carlson)
Wendy Russell Gaga's Girl
Robert Uricola Boy with gun
Susan Wood Girl at Party
Marissa Mathes Girl at Party (as Marrisa Joffrey)
Catherine Scorsese Mother
Paul DeBonde Boy in Fight
Victor Magnotta Boy in Fight (as Vic Magnotta)
Thomas Aiello Bit part (uncredited)
Marieka Girl in dream fantasy (uncredited)
Martin Scorsese Gangster (uncredited)
 

Plot

J.R. is a typical Italian-American on the streets of New York. When he gets involved with a local girl, he decides to get married and settle down, but when he learns that she was once raped, he cannot handle it. More explicitly linked with Catholic guilt that Scorsese's later work, we see what happens to J.R. when his religious guilt catches up with him.
 

Comments

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 work of substance. Expanded from a film school project, Scorsese's feature debut is typically light on plot, counterpointing Harvey Keitel's Mean Streets-lite time-wasting with the boys from the old neighbourhood with his failed romance with Zina Bethune that offers the possibility something better. There's more energy than insight and the passage of time has dulled it's edge, but it's not without interest, especially in the way that at times Keitel seems to be playing Scorsese, never more so than in the scene where he picks up Bethune by talking about The Searchers after seeing a picture of the Duke in her copy of Cahiers du Cinema.
 
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Who's That Knocking At My Door (1967) - Martin Scorsese
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