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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

Writer:

Georges Franju
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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 ... Himself, horse slaughterer
Maurice Griselle Maurice Griselle ... Himself, 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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1949 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Referenced in Carne (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
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Very shocking,but almost lyrical documentary.
22 December 2005 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"Blood of the Beasts" by Georges Franju is among the most horrifying documentaries I have ever seen.Its unflinching depiction of animal butchery will certainly upset many potential viewers.The film is set in a Parisian slaughterhouse.We see various butchers slaughtering horses,cows,calves and sheep.This film is very graphic without being exploitative,though-Franju simply documents the activities in a slaughterhouse circa 1949.It's very well done-the images are strong,often disturbing-and the camera acts almost as a neutral observer,seeing all.This is a good film,but I only recommend it with a strong warning about its content.So if you are squeamish don't watch this short.8 out of 10.


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