NOIR CITY 12: NEVER OPEN THAT DOOR / HARDLY A CRIMINAL
Thursday, January 30: Argentina
The price of admission gets you into the full double bill.
NEVER OPEN THAT DOOR (NO ABRAS NUNCA ESA PUERTA)
(1952, Argentina, 85 min., English subtitles)
Scr. Alejandro Casona, from stories by Cornell Woolrich. Dir. Carlos Hugo Christensen
A pair of classic Woolrich short stories, "Someone on the Phone" and "The Hummingbird Comes Home" are transposed to Buenos Aires with stunning results. Featuring camerawork by the great Pablo Tabernero, it's better than most U.S.-made Woolrich adaptations.
HARDLY A CRIMINAL (APENAS UN DELINCUENTE)
(1949, Argentina, 88 min., English subtitles)
Scr. Raimundo Calcagno and Israel Chas de Cruz. Dir. Hugo Fregonese
A bank employee (Jorge Salcedo) uses a loophole in Argentine law to concoct the perfect crime, planning to reap the rewards of his embezzlement after serving six years in prison. A vivid cross between Naked City and Brute Force, and an evocative look at mid-20th century Buenos Aires.
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|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|