Who's That Knocking at My Door?

Martin Scorsese shot his debut feature (1968) in black and white while teaching at New York University, and though the story peters out before the end, the director's kinetic visual style is already sharply defined. A hood from Little Italy (Harvey Keitel in his first film) starts courting a reserved and educated woman (Zina Bethune), but his quiet, reflective hours with her are overwhelmed by his Catholic sexual hang-ups and violent friends (including Lennard Kuras in a fine turn as a bellyaching loan shark). Already working with editor Thelma Schoonmaker, Scorsese fluidly integrates vintage rock 'n' roll and R & B tracks with his flamboyant camera movement and dramatic cutting, making this an especially funky introduction to his religious themes. 90 min.

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