Le sang des bêtes – Blood of the Beasts
This documentary begins with harmless shots, e. g. of children dancing in a circle. Sounds of locomotive train carriages announce the advent of heavier themes. A horse is led into a slaughterhouse and bled to death with a single cut across the throat. The theme of the film is the work of the slaughterhouse. The images showing the labour of industrial slaughtering are as unsentimental as the sound is sorrowful. The work of death is no simple matter. The film is one of the first to deal with the fate of animals in slaughterhouses.
Georges Franju, FR 1949, 22 min, s/w