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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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  (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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The score for this film, by Virgil Thomson, marks the only occasion that film music has won the Pulitzer Prize for Best Composition.See more »
Continuity: In the opening sequence, when The Boy first spots the raccoon, his hair is neat. Then it's mussed. Then it's neat again.See more »
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A Look Back At A More Natural Environment, 1 October 2014
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

There's not a lot to say about this film. We get random images of a Cajun boy in his canoe, paddling quietly through a bayou, looking, watching, listening ... an alligator here, a snake there, all surrounded by lush swampland vegetation.

The plot is thin. About the only thing of interest is the appearance of an oil well crew that sets up a rig near the boy's home. The crew and the boy become friends, the crew curious about the boy's ability to catch fish, and the boy curious about the new technology. Yet, from the viewpoint of the 21st century, this heavy machinery is an odious intrusion into an otherwise natural, pristine environment. And the boy and his naïve papa seem oblivious to the lurking menace of oil drilling.

The B&W photography probably is the best element of the film. "Louisiana Story" is a mostly visual film with very little dialogue. It's almost a kind of travelogue to a backwoods paradise, sans plot.

I could have wished for some Cajun songs. The music that is provided is all nondescript 1950s-style elevator music. At least the performances are not marred by well-known, professional, actors. All of the actors seem to be either local non-actors or obscure B-movie performers. The absence of Hollywood adds substantial realism to the video.

"Louisiana Story" is a look back in time to an era when people were part of their environment, not separate from it. As such, the film conveys an idyllic tone, peaceful, serene, with only the hint of the technological nightmare yet to appear.

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