in about 100 words or less
US 78m, B&W
Director: Robert J. Flaherty; Cast: Joseph Boudreaux, Lionel Le Blanc, E. Bienvenu, Frank Hardy
Ostensibly a propaganda film for the Standard Oil Company who funded Flaherty, The Louisiana Story is an odd but beautifully shot film which attempts to demonstrate the benefits of industrial progress in the Louisiana bayou and the caring nature of the oil industry. Lacking any intelligible plot, we follow a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon as they poke around an oil drilling platform and hunt an alligator. Despite the incongruity of the pristine natural setting and the dirty business of drilling for oil, we eventually see the benefits, as the father brings gifts for his family – presumably from the proceeds from the deal he’s made with the company (Klaus Ming November 2012).