Martin Scorsese’s Feature Debut Who’s That Knocking at My Door – Rare 35mm Screening, Jan. 17

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $7 • NEIU Students: $2

Wednesday, January 17 @ 7:30 PM
Directed by Martin Scorsese • 1967
Begun as an NYU student film and eventually released as exploitation fodder after the late addition of an extended sex scene, Martin Scorsese’s first feature Who’s That Knocking at My Door contains all of the director’s stylistic strategies and thematic obsessions in germinal form: Italian-American rough-housing, Catholic guilt, sexual anxiety, and a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack that unrolls like a muffled jukebox overheard from the bar next door. Court stenographer-turned-actor Harvey Keitel makes his film debut as J. R., an aimless ruffian who spends his days getting drunk with neighborhood buddies at the 8th Ward Pleasure Club. A ride on the Staten Island Ferry changes J. R.’s life when he meets a sophisticated girl (Zina Bethune) reading a French magazine; she impresses him with her college education, while he charms her with his spirited defense of John Ford’s The Searchers. Who’s That Knocking at My Door charts their rocky relationship while interrogating J. R.’s toxic instinct to divide the women of the world into ‘nice girls’ and ‘broads.’ (Even the poster describes Bethune’s nameless character as ‘A Nice Girl But …’) Upon the film’s world premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival, newly appointed Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert declared, “I have no reservations in describing it as a great moment in American movies,” and the rest is history. (KW)
90 min • Trimod Films • 35mm from Chicago Film Society collections, permission Warner Bros. (Swank)
Preceded by: Selected vintage trailers for local film festivals – 16mm – 8 min



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