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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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Trivia

Was awarded the "Grand Prix International du Court Sujet" in 1950. See more »

Connections

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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An astonishing document.
6 March 2005 | by lissenerSee all my reviews

An astonishing document.

A documentary shot with a surrealist aesthetic; images of unimaginable horror and violence--all perfectly real and unstaged--filmed with a languid and beautiful poetry. The images in this documentary about the slaughterhouse--the "abattoir," in the language of the narrator--are filmed with an almost cavalier, deadpan, unflinching clarity. The images of the lingering struggles of a decapitated calf; the satiny musculature exposed beneath the skin of a butchered cow, and the horrible but poetic moment when we see that the heart still beats beneath the sinews; the bored whistle of the beret-capped worker tapping the steaming spray of a horse's heart's blood; and then, the canal-concealing camera angle that shows us a barge bisecting a field of grass: "Blood of the Beasts" is a breathtaking celebration of the visual philosophy of surrealism.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1949 (France) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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