RELEASES! Salmon fishing in the Yemen (2011) | The Searchers (1956)

April 19, 2012

Here come the recommendations of the weekend with two interesting films, a British drama signed by Swedish film director Lasse Hallström starring Ewan McGregor, and one of the best films ever, the canonic western The Searchers, filmed in an American mythic scenario with the ideal hero: John Wayne. An absolute masterwork directed by John Ford.

RELEASES! (So British!) Salmon fishing in the Yemen (2011)

Veteran film director Lasse Hallström returns with a British film with an unusual title: Salmon fishing in The Yemen. It looks like ridiculous but there is a beautiful romance story inside. We need to remember the past successes of this director for trying to confide in him, like: What’s eating Gilbert Grape? (1993) The film that discovered Leonardo Di Caprio starring Johnny Deep; The Cider House Rules (1999) based on a novel by John Irving, with several Oscars, or Chocolat (2000), with Johnny Deep and Juliette Binoche. So, we can imagine what kind of film could be this release.

Salmon fishing in the Yemen [La pesca del salmón en Yemen]-2011 Directed by Lasse Hallström

Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy (Novel: Paul Torday)
Cast: Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rachel Stirling
Genre: Comedy | Romance

Length: 111 min.

Synopsis: A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.IMDb

Entertainment Weekly has written:


Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

BASIC CLASSICS! The Searchers (1956)

A singular western directed by a genius like John Ford, is waiting for us in Filmoteca Española next sunday. This film is adored by criticism because is made with a suberb talent, with subtexts, an epic history and very iconic images. It is not an easy film… but it will stay in your memory for ever.

The Searchers [Centauros del desierto]-1956 Directed by John Ford

Screenplay: Frank S. Nugent
Cast: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood, Ward Bond, Vera Miles, John Qualen
Genre: Western | Drama

Length: 119 min.

Synopsis: As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.IMDb

ABC has written:


Theatrical Trailer (VO):



During this month, we can enjoy some of the most remarkable films of  Alfred Hitchcock. Cines Verdi (Bravo Murillo Street, 28) have had this excellent idea and we must support them. The films selected are: The Birds (1963), Psycho (1960), Vertigo (1958) and North by Nortwest (Con la muerte en los talones, 1953). I could not to choose only one!

This is the promotional video:

And the Verdi Cinema Link:



  1. The Searchers is one of the very few Westerns (with Rancho Notorious and Johnny Guitar) which is worth of more than a single screening. It is one of the very few westerns which really deserves to be a cultural icon. It is one of the very few westerns which can be really considered a true American Epic. This is even recalled in the Spanish title of the film (Centauros del Desierto, the original title, The Searchers, is much more generic). But it has not only a great story, with a great deal of violence and cruelty (very much for its period) but a fantastic use of the camera and the cinematic ressources by a masterful John Ford. This is not the story of a search, but the epic story of an obssesion. It’s really memorable the scene in which Ethan and his nephew look to the landscape looking for the Indians, and we don’t see the Indians, but we could sense their pressence, and imagine that there is an indian behind each one of the rocks. John Wayne, not a great actor, but always effective and convincing, makes here one of the great interpretations of his carreer. Those men on their horses really were like something from the mythology, and there was something archaic and obscure in their minds. There is a sort of primitive, essential violence soaking the whole film. But this is not just an universal story, but an typically American one with all its archetypical characters.

  2. The Searchers is an inexhaustible film, the kind that make great cinema. The western is not my favorite genre, but these movies do I like better.
    So many films, so little time!

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