#MeanStreets (1973) #MartinScorcese The screenplay for the movie initially began as a continuation of the characters in Who's That Knocking. Scorsese changed the title from Season of the Witch to Mean Streets, a reference to #RaymondChandler's essay "The Simple Art of Murder", wherein Chandler writes, "But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid." Scorsese sent the script to #RogerCorman, who agreed to back the film if all the characters were black. Scorsese was anxious to make the film so he considered this option, but actress #VernaBloom arranged a meeting with potential financial backer #JonathanTaplin, who was the road manager for the musical group #TheBand. Taplin liked the script and was willing to raise the $300,000 budget that Scorsese wanted if Corman promised, in writing, to distribute the film. The #blaxploitation suggestion was to come to nothing when funding from Warner Bros.allowed him to make the film as he intended with Italian-American characters.