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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
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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 »
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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5 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
flaherty's best looking film, 27 December 2003
Author: chris miller ( from davis, california

another film from robert flaherty (nanook of the north and man of aran). the other two films i've seen from him are documentaries, whereas this one is pretty much a straight film (though it won an academy for best documentary). an argument could be made for man of aran as a documentary, but i don't think that this one qualifies. i think that flaherty works better within the documentary confines. perhaps this is because he needn't worry about developing a story or script - that comes naturally given the genre - and so he can focus more on the editing process and capturing the humanity of the characters. it's also possible that his venture into feature films came after he reached his peak. nanook of the north and man of aran had the similar theme of man's struggle to survive within nature. while they followed rather simple people using simple tools (harpoons and fish hooks mostly) this film introduces industry as man's tool in conquering nature. i must admit that this turned me off of the film a bit; it just didn't seem as pure. it's a beautiful film - the black and white photography really looks good (it was restored by the ucla film archive) and the shots are well composed. the story is told through the eyes of a young boy who wanders around the louisiana swamps on his canoe. he comes to admire the crew of the oil rig that has come to his part of the swamp to drill for oil as part of a deal his father has made with a business partner. the oil people's presence is given much more of a positive portrayal than i would have expected from flaherty. as i perused some of the dvd extras i discovered why this turns out that standard oil commissioned the production and requested a film that showed the beauty of humanity and positive impact oil can have while being entertaining all the while. it's flaherty's best looking film and, again, the score is a highlight, but i think it's kind of a shame this had to be his final picture. B.

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