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Louisiana Story -- The idyllic life of a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon is disrupted when the tranquility of the bayou is broken by an oil well drilling near his home.


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Frances H. Flaherty (original screenplay)
Robert J. Flaherty (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 October 1948 (France) See more »
The idyllic life of a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon is disrupted when the tranquility of the bayou is broken by an oil well drilling near his home. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)
Joseph Boudreaux ... The Boy
Lionel Le Blanc ... His Father
E. Bienvenu ... His Mother (as Mrs. E. Bienvenu)
Frank Hardy ... The Driller
C.P. Guedry ... The Boilerman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar J. Yarborough ... Oil Company Lessor

Directed by
Robert J. Flaherty  (as Robert Flaherty)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frances H. Flaherty  original screenplay (as Frances Flaherty)
Robert J. Flaherty  original screenplay (as Robert Flaherty)

Produced by
Helen van Dongen .... associate producer
Robert J. Flaherty .... producer (as Robert Flaherty)
Richard Leacock .... associate producer
Original Music by
Virgil Thomson 
Cinematography by
Richard Leacock 
Film Editing by
Helen van Dongen 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Serge Roullet .... assistant director
Sound Department
Benjamin Doniger .... sound recordist
Leonard Stark .... sound recordist
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording mixer
Editorial Department
Ralph Rosenblum .... assistant editor
Music Department
Henry Brant .... music technical assistant
Bob Fine .... music recordist
Eugene Ormandy .... musical director

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Also Known As:
"Cajun" - USA (reissue title)
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78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1994.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When the raccoon escapes from the boat and swims through the bayou, the edge of a pontoon or boat appears at the right side of the frameSee more »
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A stunning piece of work!, 7 March 2006
Author: misterjody1 from United States

Having lived many years in Acadiana, I can tell you that this is a beautiful depiction of the immense grace of the area during the forties. The film is not great drama, but the mystery and immense beauty of the bayou is authentic. Joseph Boudreaux, the boy in the movie will melt your heart with his lovely presence and Cajun ways.

Thankfully, this film was placed in the archives of the National Library of Congress in the nineties. The restoration is exquisite! I, for one, am thankful that this monumental tribute to the true Cajun people, as they once were, has been resurrected.

Much of what you will see in this film is, sadly, gone forever. There will never be another tribute to Acadiana like Louisiana Story!

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