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Who's That Knocking at My Door?

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Early Scorsese film has rape, nudity, sexism.

Movie R 1968 90 minutes
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age 14+

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Here's an unusual look at the early work of a director who would soon after show enormous skill and ability, making it fascinating for students of film and far less interesting for anyone else. Scorsese uses non-actors and employs a little too much improvisation. Teens used to quick-paced, polished, color, expertly-edited blockbusters may view this slow, grainy character study as a lot of boring parts surrounding a bit of soft-core-porn.

That said, Scorsese's visual skills, ingenuity on a low budget, and ability to make the most of raw young acting talent is unmistakable. And note that tWho's That Knocking at My Door? is edited by Thelma Schoonmaker, who has remained a close collaborator through decades of his great films, including Raging Bull, The Age of Innocence, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Goodfellas. Here Scorsese is already tackling a lifelong theme regarding the hypocrisy of church adherents who sin but set strict standards for the behavior of others, as well as Catholic guilt. Interestingly, although nudity and sex and sexual violence are fully on display here, language is tame by today's standards.

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