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LOUISIANA STORY. 1948

Director: Robert J. Flaherty

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl



The propaganda element of Louisiana Story is definitely cheezy, having been funded for the purpose of celebrating the oil industry. The idea that an oil rig blowing up on your little patch of swampland benefits everyone & is no harm to nature & even loud persistent explosions don't injure or annoy anyone or anything -- this is a message more sinister than naive.

It will also disappoint anyone who was after a Documentary, Robert Flaherty being the so-called "father of the documentary" whose Nanook of the North (1922) has greater historical signifance.

This is a tepid work of fiction Disney style, concocted by filmmakers from outside the community they have merely fantasized about.

Nevertheless, as a Disneyesque exercise from a propagandizing era, the part of the story that is about a boy & his raccoon should hold the attention of anyone who likes raccoons, & the cajun boy put in the film as viewpoint character, despite that he can't act, is beautiful enough that he should hold the interest of anyone who likes little boys. To me it was a waste of time.

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