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With: Joseph Boudreaux, Lionel Le Blanc, E. Bienvenu, Frank Hardy, C.P. Guedry
Written by: Robert J. Flaherty
Directed by: Robert J. Flaherty
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 78
Date: 09/28/1948
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Louisiana Story (1948)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Feeling Swamped

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Known as the "father of the documentary," Robert Flahtery (Nanook ofthe North) was also not a traditional journalist. He was not above"casting," or directing his actors or staging certain scenes. Even so,the result comes closer to truth than most other filmmakers could everenvision. His last completed feature, Louisiana Story, may beFlaherty's greatest work. Commissioned by Standard Oil, Flaherty tellsthe story of a new rig going up in the Louisiana swamp, and cross-cutshis story with that of a young boy's adventures there. Stunninglyphotographed, the film moves with a beautiful, languid pace and even the"happy" ending as the derrick strikes oil does not break the spell. Thisdisc also contains Flaherty's final film, the uncompleted,never-released The Land. The film's score, by Virgil Thompsonwon a Pulitzer Prize for Best Composition -- the only time a film score has done so.