No abras nunca esa puerta (Never Open That Door). 1952. Argentina. Directed by Carlos Hugo Christensen. In Spanish; English subtitles. 85 min.
Produced and directed by Carlos Hugo Christensen. Screenplay by Alejandro Casona, based on two short stories by Cornell Woolrich (William Irish). With Ángel Magaña, Renée Dumas, Diana de Córdoba, Roberto Escalada, Ilde Pirovano, Norma Giménez. More noir films have been made from the stories of Cornell Woolrich than of any other writer, and though it is rarely shown in the United States, this is one of the best. In “Someone’s on the Phone,” Angel Magaña plays a man bent on avenging the death of his sister, driven to suicide by gambling debts. In “The Hummingbird Comes Home,” Roberto Escalada plays a racketeer who brings the gang to his boyhood home to lay low after a robbery. Originally intended as a three-part anthology of Woolrich tales, Never Open That Door was released separately from the 73-minute If I Die Before I Wake, also adapted by Casona and Christensen. Benefitting from the incredible cinematography of Pablo Tabernero, this is one of the most evocative Woolrich adaptations ever produced, featuring several masterful sequences of sustained suspense. Said Buenos Aires film reviewer Horacio Bernades, “Rarely has an Argentine film been more purely cinematic than this.” 35mm preserved print from the Film Noir Foundation Collection at UCLA Film & Television Archive