Who's That Knocking at My Door?

Who's That Knocking at My Door?

Zina Bethune
Director: Martin Scorsese Cast: Zina Bethune
Zina Bethune
, Harvey Keitel
Harvey Keitel
, Lennard Kuras
Lennard Kuras
Martin Scorsese

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Overview

Shot over a period of several years and shown under the alternate titles I Call First and J.R., Martin Scorsese's debut feature is an autobiographical look at the conflicted life of a young, Italian-American, Catholic man in early 1960s New York. J.R. (then-unknown Harvey Keitel) spends his days and nights hanging out with his buddies in Little Italy, going to the movies, goofing around, and looking to score with "broads." When he meets The Girl (Zina Bethune) on the Staten Island ferry, she rocks his world with a shared admiration for John Ford's The Searchers (1956). A blond WASP beauty, the girl is more sophisticated than J.R.'s parochial friends and shows him that there's more to life than the neighborhood. J.R. falls in love, yet he refuses to soil her by sleeping with her. The girl, however, reveals that she is not a virgin because of a date rape. Locked in his Catholic virgin-whore complex, J.R. is disgusted by the revelation, but, after a squalid evening with his friends, J.R. decides to do the righteous thing by forgiving and marrying her. The girl will have none of it, leaving J.R. to sort out his prejudices on his own. Originally conceived as part of a trilogy with what would become Mean Streets (1973), the black-and-white Who's That Knocking already has the acute grasp of daily life, fluid camera movements, and vivid editing of images to music (such as the slo-mo scuffle to the lilting "El Watusi") that would define Scorsese's later work. Despite a successful debut at the 1967 Chicago Film Festival, no distributor picked up the film until a soft porn distributor agreed to release it if Scorsese added a nude scene. By the time, Who's That Knocking was finally released in 1969, with J.R.'s sexy fantasy accompanied by The Doors's "The End," the loose counterculture mood had made the focus on sexual repression seem out-of-date.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2013
UPC: 8809154127241
Original Release: 1968
Source: Imports
Sales rank: 54,540

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zina Bethune Young Girl
Harvey Keitel J.R.
Lennard Kuras Joey
Ann Colette Young Girl in Dream
Michael Scala Sally
Harry Northrup Hany
Phil Carlson Guide
Paul de Blonde Waiter
Saskia Holleman Dream Girl
Maelssa Jaffrey Rosie
Vic Magnotta Waiter
Marieka Dream Girl
Bill Minkin Iggy/Radio Announcer
Wendy Russell Gaga's Small Friend
Catherine Scorsese J.R.'s Mother
Martin Scorsese Gangster
Robert Uricola Anned Young Man
Susan Wood Susan
Tsuai Yu-Lan Dream Girl

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director,Screenwriter
Richard Coll Cinematographer
Vic Magnotta Art Director
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Michael Wadleigh Cinematographer

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