Louisiana Story

Academy Award nominated classic docu-drama of how a Cajun boy's life changes when oil drillers enter the Bayou. A true work of art.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 18 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: April 29, 2008
  • Originally Released: 1948
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Music by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 15


User Ratings: 625
Rating: 2/4 -- It displays many of Flaherty's great strengths as a filmmaker, but it also showcases some of his weaknesses, which makes it an uneven film that is not in league with his earlier works. Full Review
Q Network Film Desk
Oct 12, 2003
Rating: 86/100 -- That Robert J. Flaherty managed to make a fascinating movie that also subtly chastises the massive oil interests (using their money to do it) is one for the record books.
Apollo Guide
Oct 29, 2003
A powerful, swooning visualization of a wilderness childhood. Full Review
New Yorker
Jan 25, 2016
Rating: 5/5 -- One of all time best, and one of earliest, documentaries; with Robert Flaherty's deft style.
Feb 24, 2008
Rating: 2.5/4 -- As adept as it is in photographing nature, Louisiana Story is weak in capturing culture. Full Review
TV Guide
Feb 26, 2008
Rating: C+ -- It's a solid but tedious industrial film showing the risks and rewards of getting oil out of the ground. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jun 9, 2010
It has a slender, appealing story, moments of agonizing suspense, vivid atmosphere and superlative photography. Full Review
Feb 26, 2008

Description by OLDIES.com:

The innocent, routine life of Alexander Napolean Ulysses Latour, a young Cajun boy raised on the Louisiana Bayou, is forever changed when his family allows an oil derrick to be erected in their area of the swamp.

Louisiana Story was Robert J. Flaherty's final and most controversial film - mired in suspicion about its praise for the minimal ecological effect of oil drilling on the environment, while being sponsored by the oil companies. Nominated for Best Story as well as for Best Picture, Louisiana Story won Best Documentary in the 1949 British Academy Awards and a spot on the New York Times' Ten Best Films list that same year. Virgil Thomson's compelling score won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Musical Composition.


  • 1949 Pulitzer Prize - Music Composition
  • 1949 Academy Award Nominee - Best Writing
  • 1949 British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Best Documentary
  • 1949 Writer's Guild of America - WGA Award Nominee

Product Description:

A Cajun boy living in the Marshlands of Petit Anse Bayou observes the growing industrialization of his state as he watches oil drillers at work in this production filmed entirely in Louisiana. Academy Award Nominations: Best Motion Picture Story.


Production Notes:

  • THE LOUISIANA STORY, Robert Flaherty's final film, was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994.
  • Virgil Thomson's musical score received a Pulitzer Prize.
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  • Sales Rank: 12,008
  • UPC: 089218558299
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