Louisiana Story (1948)
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Documentary film pioneer Robert Flaherty's last feature is his most beautifully photographed work, but it also proved to be his most controversial as well. Sponsored by Standard Oil, the film can be seen as a paean to the minimal effect an oil company can have on the wilderness it seeks to exploit. Flaherty also picked a cast of amateur players to act out a simple story of a young Cajun boy (Joseph Boudreaux) and his parents living in Louisiana's magnificent bayou country almost side-by-side
Sep 28, 1948 Wide
May 20, 2003
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It has a slender, appealing story, moments of agonizing suspense, vivid atmosphere and superlative photography.
Flaherty's narrative may seem slightly naive; but his vision of a child's myth-world, and the oilmen's intrusion and acceptance into it, is perhaps his greatest achievement.
It's a solid but tedious industrial film showing the risks and rewards of getting oil out of the ground.
One of all time best, and one of earliest, documentaries; with Robert Flaherty's deft style.
...it's the virtuosic craftsmanship that makes Louisiana Story a genre classic.
That Robert J. Flaherty managed to make a fascinating movie that also subtly chastises the massive oil interests (using their money to do it) is one for the record books.
It displays many of Flaherty's great strengths as a filmmaker, but it also showcases some of his weaknesses, which makes it an uneven film that is not in league with his earlier works.
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