Dir. Robert Flaherty. 1948, 78 mins. 35mm. Through the eyes of a young Cajun boy living on the Bayou, Flaherty’s docu-fiction tells a story of disruption and change when an oil rig brings industry into a world previously untouched by modernization. Louisiana Story features gorgeous cinematography by a young Ricky Leacock, and an extraordinary Cajun-based score by Virgil Thomson that won a Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1949. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing and listed on the National Film Registry as a national treasure, Robert Flaherty’s last film is a visually stunning, lyrical tribute to a land and its people.
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