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Le sang des bêtes (1949)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Georges Hubert ...
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Nicole Ladmiral ...
Récitante / Narrator (voice)
Alfred Macquart ...
Himself, horse slaughterer
Maurice Griselle ...
Himself, cow slaughterer
André Brunier ...
Poleaxer
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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Was awarded the "Grand Prix International du Court Sujet" in 1950. See more »

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Phenomenally Disturbing
30 January 2009 | by (United States) – See 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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