The Palm Springs International Film Society has teamed up with Camelot Theatres to bring some great auteur cinema to the Coachella Valley. Each month, the series will highlight two selected works of one great director. Selected films will show the trajectory of the featured auteur’s visions and how it developed over the course of his or her career.


Up first in September is Martin Scorsese and his feature film debut “Who’s That Knocking at My Door?” (1967), which will screen Tuesday September 15th followed by “Mean Streets” (1973) on Tuesday September 29th at 7:30pm.

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Tickets are available for $10 at the Camelot Box Office. Film Society Members can reserve their tickets for FREE at


All films start at 7:30pm.


Tuesday, September 15

“Who’s That Knocking at My Door?”

90 Minute Running Time

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.


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.

DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese

Producer: Betzi Manoogian, Haig Manoogian, Joseph Weill

Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker

Screenwriter: Martin Scorsese, Betzi Manoogian (Additional Dialogue)

Cinematographer: Richard H. Coll

(as Richard Coll), Michael Wadleigh (as Michael Wadley)

Principal Cast: Zina Bethune, Harvey Keitel


Tuesday, September 29

“Mean Streets”

112 Minute Running Time

“You don’t make up for your sins in church; you do it in the streets; you do it at home. The rest is bulls**t, and you know it.” Martin Scorsese examines the daily struggles of a wannabe hood to keep his morals straight on the streets of Little Italy. Driven equally by his wish to become a respectable gangster like his uncle and his desire to live his life like St. Francis, Charlie takes on his energetically unhinged friend Johnny Boy as his own personal penance, intervening to get Johnny Boy to pay off a debt to the local loan shark Michael. Despite his promises to his epileptic girlfriend Teresa that they will move out of Little Italy once he strengthens his position in his uncle’s world, Charlie’s involvement with Johnny Boy further ensnares him in the neighborhood. When Johnny Boy decides to mouth off to Michael rather than pay him, Charlie, Johnny Boy, and Teresa try to flee Michael’s murderous anger, forcing Charlie to realize that the rules of the streets do not mesh with absolution.

DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese

Producer: E. Lee Perry, Jonathan T Taplin

Editor: Sidney Levin

Screenwriters: Martin Scorsese, Mardik Martin

Cinematographer: Kent L. Wakeford

Principal Cast: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval, Amy Robinson, Richard Romanus, Cesare Danova


October – films by Wes Anderson

November – films by Alfred Hitchcock

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