Heads Up, Ears Down

This blog accurately identifies depictions of violence and cruelty toward animals in films. The purpose is to provide viewers with a reliable guide so that such depictions do not come as unwelcome surprises. Films will be accurately notated, providing a time cue for each incident along with a concise description of the scene and perhaps relevant context surrounding the incident. In order to serve as a useful reference tool, films having no depictions of violence to animals will be included, with an indication that there are no such scenes. This is confirmation that the films have been watched with the stated purpose in mind.


Note that the word depictions figures prominently in the objective. It is a travesty that discussions about cruelty in film usually are derailed by the largely unrelated assertion that no animals really were hurt (true only in some films, dependent upon many factors), and that all this concern is just over a simulation. Not the point, whether true or false. We do not smugly dismiss depictions of five-year-olds being raped because those scenes are only simulations. No, we are appalled that such images are even staged, and we are appropriately horrified that the notion now has been planted into the minds of the weak and cruel.


Depictions of violence or harm to animals are assessed in keeping with our dominant culture, with physical abuse, harmful neglect, and similar mistreatment serving as a base line. This blog does not address extended issues of animal welfare, and as such does not identify scenes of people eating meat or mules pulling plows. The goal is to itemize images that might cause a disturbance in a compassionate household.


These notes provide a heads-up but do not necessarily discourage watching a film because of depicted cruelty. Consuming a piece of art does not make you a supporter of the ideas presented. Your ethical self is created by your public rhetoric and your private actions, not by your willingness to sit through a filmed act of violence.

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One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich Clean The expansive middle
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest SubstantialThe expansive middle
One Naked Night Clean The expansive middle
Two Days, One Night Clean The expansive middle
2 Fast 2 Furious  Substantial The expansive middle
Two for the Road Clean The smeary bottom
Two Lovers Clean The expansive middle
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her Clean The elusive top
Thirdworld Clean The expansive middle
Three Cheers for the Whale Extreme The expansive middle
Three Coins in the Fountain Clean The expansive middle
Three Colors: Blue Clean The expansive middle
Three Colors: Red  Minimal The elusive top
Three Colors: White Clean The expansive middle
Three Films by Carl Theodor Dreyer  Clean The expansive middle
Three Films by Hiroshi Teshigahara Substantial The expansive middle
3 in a Towel   Clean The smeary bottom
Three Installations CleanThe expansive middle
Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin (Eclipse 31)  Clean The expansive middle
Three Sisters Clean The expansive middle
Three Songs About Motherland CleanThe expansive middle
Three Video Haikus Clean The expansive middle
Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures (Eclipse 36) CleanThe expansive middle
3 Women Clean The elusive top
3:10 to Yuma (Daves) Clean The expansive middle
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould Clean The expansive middle
4 for Texas Clean The expansive middle
4 by Agn├Ęs Varda Minimal The elusive top
The Fifth Element Clean The expansive middle
5 Films About Christo & Jeanne-Claude Clean The expansive middle
Five-Minute Films (Leigh)  Clean The expansive middle
The Five Obstructions Clean The expansive middle
Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times) Clean The elusive top
Six Moral Tales Clean The expansive middle
6 Souls (Shelter) Clean The expansive middle
The Sixth Side of the Pentagon Clean The expansive middle
Seven Clean The expansive middle
7 Faces of Dr. Lao  Clean The expansive middle
Seven Samurai Clean The elusive top
Seven Women of Different Ages  Clean The expansive middle
The Seventh Seal Clean The elusive top
8 Women Clean The expansive middle
8 1/2 Clean The expansive middle
8 1/2 Women Clean The expansive middle
9 Dalmuir West Clean The expansive middle
Nine Queens Clean The expansive middle
"10" Clean The expansive middle
12 Angry Men Clean The expansive middle
12 Monkeys Clean The expansive middle
21 Grams Clean The expansive middle
24 Hours in the Life of a Clown Clean The expansive middle
28 Days Later Substantial The expansive middle
31 Means Trouble Clean The expansive middle
The 39 Steps Clean The expansive middle
The 40-Year-Old Virgin Clean The expansive middle
42nd Street Clean The expansive middle
99 Women Substantial The expansive middle
The 400 Blows Clean The elusive top
#701's Grudge Song Clean The expansive middle
1900  Extreme The expansive middle steaming
1911 Clean The expansive middle
1992 Clean The expansive middle
Two Thousand Maniacs! Minimal The expansive middle
2001: A Space Odyssey Minimal The elusive top
2012 Minimal The expansive middle
7362  Clean The expansive middle
10,000 BC Substantial The smeary bottom