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Le sang des bêtes (1949)

 -  Documentary | Short | Horror  -  1949 (France)
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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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Cast overview:
Georges Hubert ...
Récitant / Narrator (voice)
Nicole Ladmiral ...
Récitante / Narrator (voice)
Alfred Macquart ...
Himself, horse slaughterer
Maurice Griselle ...
Himself, cow slaughterer
André Brunier ...
Henri Fournel ...


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 <>

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


Referenced in Lynch (2007) See more »

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few things can compare to the horror on display, maybe Night and Fog...
22 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I should give some disclosure: I eat meat, not every day but enough to consider myself a fan of things like steaks and burgers and hot dogs and the occasional ribs (chicken is another matter). Watching Blood of the Beasts is, basically, enough to make anyone who's ever bitten into any of what I've mentioned completely sick to your stomach. Or anyone for that matter: the bluntness of the camera, of looking straight on and abstracting these images of a slaughterhouse in Paris, is the bravest thing imaginable. I'd compare it to Resnais' ability to keep the audience focused on the horror of the holocaust. So much horror shown right in front of us where it's impossible to look any other way.

It is what it is, and it's all the more shocking. Heads cut off, limbs town, skulls bashed, organs ripped and blood flowing down the concrete into drains, lambs shaking as they're still living, I could go on and on, but it's crucial to experience it. It will make even the most hard-bitten meat lovers nearly come to tears. The film-making is intense because of its objectivity: while Franju is choosing what to show us, it is all what makes up this slaughterhouse. It's an act of surrealism of Bunuel in Un Chien Andalou or even Land without Bread almost by going into such a depth of ultra-realism (maybe the slicing of the eyeball comes closest to recognizing the "ugh" factor that for 5 seconds is made nearly 20 minutes here) that it becomes like something of a work of poetry- dark, hellish poetry that would give Burroughs nightmares.

Staggering work, completely unforgettable. Don't watch this alone if you're a vegan!

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