The Smoking Fish (1977)
aka El pez que fuma
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Country: Venezuela | Director: Román Chalbaud
Language: Spanish | Subtitles: English (Hardcoded)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 122mn
Vhsrip Xvid Avi – 640×480 – 29.970fps – 1.54gb

A handsome young man is released from jail and goes to “El Pez Que Fuma”, a bordello in the outskirts of Caracas. La Garza, its middle-aged owner, hires the young man as handy man, but soon he takes the place of the administrator, who is also La Garza’s lover.

El Pez que Fuma AKA The Smoking Fish (1977) has been voted the greatest Venezuelan film by Latin American critics. It was the first Venezuelan submission to the Academy Awards. The title refers to a nightclub and brothel in La Guaira. It is a tale of power and usurpation that follows Jairo, a charismatic lowlife who maneuvers his way into possession of the seedy Smoking Fish.

The film dates from the Golden Age of the Venezuelan cinema and reflects the social realities of its era, including many popular ingredients of Venezuelan national cinema – slums, prostitutes, nudity, language, delinquency – but without becoming crudely exploitive. Throughout the film, the music and performances of the Smoking Fish parallel the themes and give emotional expression to the taciturn characters.



The Smoking Fish (1977)