Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1967)
Movie InfoIn this low-key study of an Italian-American youth, J.R. is a young, streetwise New Yorker who spends most of his waking hours hanging out with his buddies. Strictly a proponent of the love 'em and leave 'em school, J.R. changes his tune when he meets a beautiful art student/foreign-film enthusiast.
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Critic Reviews for Who's That Knocking at My Door?
Zina Bethune, as the girl, is believable but Harvey Keitel, as the anti-hero, is alternatively boorish or bewildered.
In the aggressive self-confidence, the use of rock music, and the perceptive observation, Scorsese reveals an anthropological feel for street life and the attitudes of male adolescence.
The director, who also wrote the original story and screenplay, hasn't succeeded in making a drama that is really much more aware than the characters themselves.
As a film, it has something to say to everyone. As a technical achievement, it brings together two opposing worlds of American cinema.
The crude semi-autobiographical film is a forerunner to Scorsese's powerful Mean Streets.
Problems aside, this film is a fascinating look at the creative development of one of the new American cinema's most important directors and well worth a look.
Like all his films, Scorsese's debut, about an Italian-American youth (Keitel) caught between an affair with upper-crust blonde and the lure of gang life, has strong personal elements; the milieu and characters would reaappear in the classic Mean Streets
A crudely shot but effective film that not only introduced us to Scorsese but several of the themes around religion, love and gender that he's continued to explore even in his more recent films.
A wonderfully inspiring low-budget feature, with more than just an inkling of the treats to come.
Audience Reviews for Who's That Knocking at My Door?
Who's That Knocking at My Door? may not have any fluidity or order to it but due to it being made over a period of two years it's not surprising. What you're left with is a selection of scenes, quite grainy and amateurish but really quite impressive even by today's standards. The dialogue is brilliant throughout, with real thought and heart at the centre. The film never seems to age thanks to its fine quality but two scenes in particular stand out; the scene with the guys messing about with a gun, shot in slow-motion to an upbeat soundtrack and the scene with J.R. and the prostitute - a scene added later by order of the soft porn distributor who was the only person to see value in the production. Only Scorsese could take that on and improve an already impressive film. Hints of the amazing career to come and maybe proof that some people are just naturally talented.
scorsese's first feature length film is largely experimental, but the film had wonderful dialogue and possessed a certain charm to it that helps us to recognize the things about this film that are really the roots of scorsese's future greatness. really only truly engaging to the hard core scorsese fan, but the film is benefited by the short running length and solid performances.More
Harvey Keitel yapping on about The Searchers and other westerns was worth the entire movie, not to mention that it's Martin Scorsese's most cultured film. It's sort've brutal for being a light-hearted drama/romance. The shot after the opening credits of Keitel's gang beating up a teenager was interesting in that it is horriftingly nonchalant. A great debut in short.More
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