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Blood of the Beasts (1949)

Le sang des bêtes (original title)
Bucolic scenes from the outskirts of Paris are contrasted with stark footage from slaughterhouses.

Director:

Georges Franju

Writers:

Georges Franju, Jean Painlevé (commentary)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Georges Hubert Georges Hubert ... Récitant / Narrator (voice)
Nicole Ladmiral Nicole Ladmiral ... Récitante / Narrator (voice)
Alfred Macquart Alfred Macquart ... Self - horse slaughterer
Maurice Griselle Maurice Griselle ... Self - cow slaughterer
André Brunier André Brunier ... Poleaxer
Henri Fournel Henri Fournel ... Butcher
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An early example of ultra-realism, this movie contrasts the quiet, bucolic life in the outskirts of Paris with the harsh, gory conditions inside the nearby slaughterhouses. Describes the fate of the animals and that of the workers in graphic detail. Written by <xaviermartin@hotmail.com>

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Documentary | Short

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This short film is featured on the Criterion Collection DVD for Eyes Without a Face (1960). See more »

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Featured in Moses und Aron (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
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Phenomenally Disturbing
30 January 2009 | by Billy_CrashSee all my reviews

Franju's short 1949 documentary of a Paris slaughterhouse is riveting, disturbing and beautifully filmed in black-and-white.

Though the subject matter and their ultimate demise is an eye opener, the manner in which men and women butcher the beasts is the most distressing. The butcher slaughter as calmly and methodically as anyone else doing a day's work. This coincides with Franju's belief that true, genuine horror is found in every day life - not in mad scientists, creepy monsters or wild story lines far removed from reality.

Regardless, the cinematography is outstanding, capturing a moment in time few get to witness.

If you're curious as to how animals were slaughtered fifty years ago, or if you have a taste for the macabre, this is the thought-provoking short for you.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1949 (France) See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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