Never Take Candy from Strangers


This edition of The Forgotten, over at MUBI’s The Notebook, is both a follow-up to Cornell Woolrich Week, dealing with an adaptation celebrated in its country of origin but little nown elsewhere, and really my first taste of Argentinian cinema. Fortunately, it’s a delicious one, and possibly the start of a new obsession — expect more here on the work of Carlos Hugo Christensen.


10 Responses to “Never Take Candy from Strangers”

  1. chris schneider Says:

    You certainly make me want to see the film, David. I feel compelled to say, though, that the Tourneur-directed LEOPARD MAN doesn’t take place “south of the border,” it takes place in the U.S. state of New Mexico.

  2. This one looks great! There are a number of his movies available on Youtube (without subtitles), including “La muerte camina en la lluvia”, an adaption of l’assasin habite au 21.

  3. Intriguing. Christensen’s only Chilean film LA DAMA DE LA MUERTE (1946) is based on Stevenson’s THE SUICIDE CLUB. And while he was teaching at Duke University in 1996, Raúl Ruiz made a short with his students based on this same text!

  4. Apparently Jerry Warren got his mitts on it in 1965 and turned it into CURSE OF THE STONE HAND.

  5. David, my Film Noir Foundation has preserved this film, and we have been screening it on a double bill with CHC’s Other Woolrich adaptation NO ABRAS NUNCA ESA PUERTA (NEVER OPEN THAT DOOR). Both are exceptional. I even had the pleasure of meeting his granddaughter when I showed the films in Los Angeles. I will be presenting a program of restored and preserved Argentine film noir at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in February.

  6. Fantastic, Eddie! I’m sure someone has already suggested a Film Noir Foundation series of DVDs…

    I believe I have a subtitled copy of La Dama de la Muerta somewhere here…

  7. henryholland666 Says:

    Mr. Muller, if by chance you read this, a thousand million thank yous for curating the recent Film Noir festival on TCM. There were some great movies in it that I’d never seen before such as “Too Late For Tears” and it was nice to get re-acquainted with others I hadn’t seen in a while.

  8. I have Facebooked Eddie to make sure he gets to see your kind words.

  9. henryholland666 Says:

    Thanks! It really was, overall, a great series. I think I had seen/saw for the first time something like 110 of the 120 movies on offer.

    Some of them simply weren’t film noir, some were bad (*shudder* “Berlin Express” *shudder*) but it was great to revisit titles I hadn’t seen in a while and to discover some new gems. I hope TCM makes it a yearly thing.

  10. Berlin Express is a puzzler, isn’t it? A lot of talented people get together for a story set in an interesting milieu, and the whole thing just kind of lies there. It’s worth seeing, in a way, but not very rewarding.

    Eddie is a great presenter — saw his act in Lyons a couple of years ago and was very impressed by his encyclopedic knowledge of the field and his showmanship.

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