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Who's That Knocking at My Door?

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Martin Scorsese's powerful drama tells the story of J.R. (Harvey Keitel), a typical Italian-American boy who has grown up in a comfortable middle-class urban environment. But in that same environment he encounters the decisive split between tradition and his Catholic faith, in addition to the realities of modern life. Out of work but not in need of cash, J.R. carouses with his buddies in the bars and social clubs of Little Italy. He draws a hard line between "the broads you bang" and the girls you go out with and marry--nice girls, such as his girlfriend (Zina Bethune). But after she is raped, J.R. finds that he cannot "forgive" her for the crime, nor stop thinking of her as a "whore."

    Scorsese's debut feature film, shot in gritty black and white, introduces some of the techniques that he would later apply to his classics MEAN STREETS, TAXI DRIVER, and GOODFELLAS. These include freeze-frames, atypical editing, slow motion, and the use of music to give certain scenes a pulsating rhythm. In making his big-screen debut, Keitel gives a soul-baring performance that is at once passionate and sensitive. Part introspective drama, part docurealism, Scorsese's film is a striking introduction to one of cinema's most worshipped directors.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19128

  • Credits
    Zina Bethune, Harvey Keitel, Anne Collette, Lennard Kuras, Michael Scala, Bill Minkin, Harry Northrup, Catherine Scorsese
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Scorsese and Keitel have remained true to their first inspirations, maybe because right from the start they were working from what truly obsessed them..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...Martin Scorsese's first feature is a truly seminal work....With a very good performance by Zina Bethune..."
    USA Today

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