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This was documentary pioneer Robert Flaherty's last feature. Beautifully photographed as a documentary, it was actually sponsored by an oil company to show how oil drilling can co-exist in a pristine bayou. The story follows a young cajun boy (Boudreaux) and his parents, who live in the bayou alongside a giant oil derrick. The boy is worried by the noise of the machines, but the oil workers give him a tour of their jobs, showing the benefits of the oil company and promise to leave the bayou unscathed when they leave. Nominated for an Academy Award for writing. Flaherty is most famous for his documentaries, "Nanook of the North" and "Man of Aran."
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You can see that Flaherty never became too fond of talkie cinema; even as late as 1948, his film is still nearly voiceless. But oh what marvelous images are these! Flaherty's love of nature virtually gushes out into each scene; the B&W cinematography is elegent and the image quality is delightfully crisp on this DVD version. See alligators, ra"coons", and the flow of the river, all in their natural splendour. And his filming of the machines is equally wonderful: he captures all their awful brilliance in a way that lets us feel what they must have inspired in the eyes of a young Acadian boy.
Of the extras, I particularly liked the exerpts from a Flaherty wartime Department of Agriculture film. It looked like a documentary on the Grapes of Wrath. Wonderful.
Robert J. Flaherty who was responsible for other outstanding
documentaries such as "Nanook of the North", "Moana", "Man of Aran"
and of course "Elephant Boy". At the time, "Louisiana Story" was
hailed as a masterpiece of film making.
That having been said, times have changed and so have people's
viewing preferences and to-day's moviegoers can roughly be divided
into two categories.
Those who thrive on eye popping, head thumping, ear bashing and fast
moving action movies that glorify crime, violence and other nasty
aspects of the human race, usually to the delight of the younger
Those who appreciate a more pedestrian style of entertainment with
real life situations and concentrating on the good things that
life has to offer.
If you are in category 1, then this movie is definitely not for you.
If you are in category 2, then you will possibly love every minute
It is a story about a young Cajun boy (played by Joseph Boudreaux)
who lives in the pristine and unspoiled Bayou country of Louisiana.
We view the country through his eyes - the remoteness of the land,
the lush vegetation and the fascinating and sometimes dangerous
One day, an intrusion comes into his world in the form of an
oil-drilling derrick. The boy who has seen little beyond his
domain, is fascinated by this mechanical marvel and slowly makes
friends with the oil men who eventually will change his lifestyle
and the pristine wilderness.
Although the story is simple, the entire movie is poetry in motion.
The cinephotography is a sheer delight and the musical score is
appropriate and superb.
This movie was Flaherty's last masterpiece. It was an Academy
Award nominee for best motion picture story and winner of the
Pulitzer Prize for its musical score.
If you appreciate the finer things in life, then this movie is
"Louisiana Story" has been fully restored to its original glory
and it has been digitally remastered on the Home Vision