Technically stunning (editing, cinematography especially), but a bit of a mess of a plot.
over 2 years
The debut of one of, if not THE most prolific directors of the 20th/early 21st century.
Who's That Knocking at My Door, originally titled I Call First, is a 1967 drama film, which marks Martin Scorsese's debut as a director. Exploring themes of Catholic guilt similar to those in his later film Mean Streets, the story follows Italian-American J.R. (Harvey Keitel) as he struggles to accept the secret hidden by his girlfriend (Zina Bethune). It was the winner of the 1968 Chicago Film Festival.
J.R. is a typical Italian-American young man on the streets of New York. When he gets involved with a local girl, he decides he wants 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 than Scorsese's later work, we see what happens to J.R. when his religious guilt catches up with him.
Who's That Knocking at My Door was filmed over the course of many years, undergoing many changes, new directions and different names along the way. The film began in 1965 as a student short film about J.R. and his...