Carlos Hugo Christensen

Carlos Hugo Christensen (Santiago del Estero, 15 December 1914 – Rio de Janeiro, 30 November 1999) was an Argentine film director, screenwriter and film producer.

Carlos Hugo Christensen, 1964

He was of Danish descent through his paternal side. Christensen directed fifty-four feature films some of which are considered masterpieces of what is known as the Argentine golden era of cinema. Si Muero antes de despertar (If I Should Die Before I Wake)[1] and No abras nunca esa puerta (Never Open That Door), were part of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2016.[2] In both films, known for their exquisite cinematography, Christensen was assisted by the renowned director of photography Pablo Tabernero.[3]

In the mid-1950s he relocated to Brazil where he established his own film studio, Carlos Hugo Christensen Produções Cinematográficas.

He died on November 30, 1999, in his home in Rio de Janeiro, At the time he was working on La casa de azúcar (The Sugar House), The unfinished film was based on a short story by Silvina Ocampo.


As director


  1. ^ Museum of Modern Art, MoMA
  2. ^ Museum of Modern Art, MoMA
  3. ^ Busacando a Tabernero (Film 2020) dir. Eduardo Montes-Bradley. The documentary film provides details on the professional relationship between Carlos Hugo Christensen and the influential collaboration of Pablo Tabernero

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