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Louisiana Story

Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on July 23, 2012 at 11:10 PM


Robert Flaherty


IDEA:  A day in the life of a Cajun boy living on the bayou, whose peaceful existence is disrupted by the arrival of a company of oil drillers.

BLURB:  Assembled from scenes of natural and, at times, abstract beauty, Louisiana Story isn’t wanting for visual pleasures. Sensually rippling waters, wading crocodiles, abundant foliage, and the most delicate spider web you’ve ever seen are just some of the film’s majestic sights. Others come from the imposing shape of an oil derrick, its whirring, clanking machinery the polar opposite of the aforementioned placidness. Although well juxtaposed, the morals are muddled; funded by Standard Oil and preaching a romanticized message about the virtues of oil drilling, in the end the pretty images (and tremendous score) seem to only gloss over a callow agenda.

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