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Blood of the Beasts

Blood of the Beasts

A Short film by Georges Franju

Produced by Forces et Voix de la France

Production year : 1949


    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


    Production and distribution

    Executive Producer :

    Forces et Voix de la France


    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)

    Executive Producer :

    Paul Legros

    Screenwriter :

    Georges Franju

    Production Manager :

    Fred Orain

    Narration Writer :

    Jean Painlevé

    Narrators :

    Nicole Ladmiral, Georges Hubert

    Assistant Director :

    André Joseph

    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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    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

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    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    21 min

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    Color type :

    Black & White

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