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Louisiana Story
Louisiana Story
Actors: Joseph Boudreaux, Lionel Le Blanc, E. Bienvenu, Frank Hardy, C.P. Guedry
Director: Robert J. Flaherty
Genres: Drama
NR     2003     1hr 18min

Nominated for an OscarŪ and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for its musical score, Robert J. Flaherty?s last masterpiece is a visually stunning, lyrical tribute to a land and its people. Flaherty?s poetic vision of nature...  more »


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Actors: Joseph Boudreaux, Lionel Le Blanc, E. Bienvenu, Frank Hardy, C.P. Guedry
Director: Robert J. Flaherty
Creators: Richard Leacock, Robert J. Flaherty, Helen van Dongen, Frances H. Flaherty
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: Homevision
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 05/20/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1948
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1948
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 18min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Louisiana Story by a Louisianne | San Juan Capistrano | 10/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a random film about life in rural Louisiana during the invasion of the "big oil" boom after World War II. The director focuses on how simple and unchanged life in the swamp state was until the first oil derrick appears, and then the old life rapidly merges into the modern life of motor boats, electricity, and common prosperity. The quiet, solemn swamp is transformed into a noisy, bustling water highway. Robert Flaherty films local citizens in their natural habitat, speaking unrehearsed lines with natural French accents. This is the appeal of the film- all natural people, all natural settings, and improptu speech and action. For film study in black and white, and for the sheer simplicity of life before industrialization, this is the perfect choice. You will be left with an impression of innocence, of a time that is encapsulated in this film."
Another Robert Flaherty work of art
Quilmiense | USA/Spain | 03/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

The Bayou, Louisiana.

This documentary is shot with a beautiful black & white photography. The music perfectly matches the tempo and feeling of the story. Lasts only 75 minutes but captures our emotion and interest right from the first scene.

The box of the dvd misleads. It made me expect some kind of social reportage on the impact of oil industry in the pristine bayou wildlife. On the contrary (but that's for you to check).

The story is basically the life of a young and enchanting kid in the Bayou. His daily occupations, his relation with surrounding nature (its enchants and perils). It provokes an emotion similar to the reading of Huckelberry's adventures.

Again, as in all of Mr. Flaherty's documentaries, it's the sheer beauty of the photography and the wonderful capture of the expression of people's faces, real people, that make the viewing a humanly enriching experience.

I have to recommend, also of Mr. Flaherty, "The Man of Aran" and "Nanook of the North".
From the Director of Nanook of the North
Curtis Allan | Seattle, WA | 03/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Born on the Bayou! This is a great documentary-style film from Robert Flaherty, who brought us Nanook of the North, Tabu (with Murnau), and Man of Aran, among others. Here he takes us back to a simple primitive lifestyle in the American periphery which was soon to disappear with modernity during post-war American development.

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."
Louisiana Story
John Farr | 08/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Flaherty's brilliant, stark camera exposes civilization encroaching on nature, and the result is visual poetry. A rich meditation on how these opposing forces must interact, it makes the viewer think again about the long-term price to be paid. Ironically, Standard Oil sponsored the film!"