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Le sang des bêtes (1949)

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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Cast overview:
Georges Hubert ...
Récitant / Narrator (voice)
Nicole Ladmiral ...
Récitante / Narrator (voice)
Alfred Macquart ...
Himself, horse slaughterer
Maurice Griselle ...
Himself, cow slaughterer
André Brunier ...
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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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Most Honest View of a Slaughterhoue on Film
15 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

While it is surprising that the animals being slaughtered are horses and not cows or pigs, this no less takes away from the power of the film. If anything, it might add to it (people tend to be more emotionally attached to horses than cows). There is no better way to explain the inside of an abattoir than to show it.

I guess if I had to complain about anything, it is that the narrator refers to the horses as "victims" and seems to have a generally unfavorable view of the whole business. Documentaries should be neutral when possible and not include language that pushes the viewer one way or another. Is it bad to slaughter animals? Is it okay but the methods are just wrong? Or maybe it is not wrong at all, but we have become disconnected from it and therefore more sensitive to its foreign nature.

I am not going to judge a slaughterhouse, at least not in this review. But I do fear that as beautifully shot as this brief piece was, it did not give audiences a fair vantage point from which to draw conclusions.


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