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Blood of the Beasts

A Short film by Georges Franju

Produced by Forces et Voix de la France

Production year : 1949

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Production and distribution

Executive Producer :

Forces et Voix de la France


Franju's film contrasts peaceful scenes of Parisian suburbia with scenes from a slaughterhouse. The film documents the slaughtering and butchering of horses, cattle, and sheep. The film is narrated without emotive language.

Source : Wikipedia



Franju states that he wasn't interested in the subject of slaughterhouses when he decided to make the film, but the location around the building was the Ourcq Canal allowing him to make a documentary film. Franju stated by using a documentary film format, he was able to use both locations as lyrical counterpoints and "to explain it as a realist while remaining a surrealist by displacing the object in another context. In this new setting, the object rediscovers its quality as an object".

Blood of the Beasts was made as a black and white film as an aesthetic. Franju states "If it were in colour, it'd be repulsive... the sensation people get would be physical one.

Source : Wikipedia

Full credits (10)

Assistant Director :

André Joseph

Screenwriter :

Georges Franju

Production Manager :

Fred Orain

Narration Writer :

Jean Painlevé

Narrators :

Nicole Ladmiral, Georges Hubert

Producer :

Paul Legros

Director of Photography :

Marcel Fradetal

Editor :

André Joseph

Music Composer :

Joseph Kosma

Still Photographer :

Patrice Molinard

Technical details

Short film

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Themes :

Fauna, Death

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Nationality :

100% French

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Runtime :

21 min

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Color type :

Black & White

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