A young Cajun boy named Alexander Napolean Ulysses Latour spends all his time on a Louisiana bayou. The boy’s innocent routine changes when his father signs a lease agreement with an oil company which brings a oil pump into their corner of the bayou.
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'98 restoration Beautifully shot but narratively weak film from Robert J. Flaherty that looks at the change that comes to the bayou for a young boy when an oil company begins to drill. Naturalistic with beautiful black and white photography by Richard Leacock and a fine score by Virgil Thomson. Hardly a contrary word is evoked as film was tellingly funded by the standard oil company....go figure.
This movie ain't perfect, but there's nothing else quite like it. Beasts of The Southern Wild is reminiscent of this film, in some ways. But Flaherty's work stands alone, he's really great; he made Nanook of the North(1922), the first feature length documentary. Great feel, great photography, definitely worth seeing.
The animal and swamp sequences are brillant, but I have a bad feeling about the rest. The movie tries to make propaganda for the heroes of the oil business, and Virgil Thomson's score underlines this motivation: While the boy's sequences are underlined with charming playful, naive and sometimes dramatic music, the arrival of the derrick is emphasized with an emphatic choral, telling us: Now the Messiah is coming!
Hands down the loveliest bit of corporate apologism on film. Charming, exciting, beautifully shot. Probably worth selling out to Big Oil for those shots in the derrick, don't you figure? Some of the most masterful visual poetry of industry recorded! Plus that cutie & his family & his show-stealing raccoon (Jojo!) Sure was nice how capitalism trickled down on them in the end. No Un-American activities here; no siree!
Ce chef-d'oeuvre du film "documentaire", à l'origine, une commande de la Standard Oil Campany de New Jersey, est un splendide poème écologique qui nécessita pas moins de 100.000 mètres de pellicule, remontés, après la mort du réalisateur, par un jeune chercheur universitaire (dix-huit heures de projection) www.cinefiches.com
One of the best anti-ecologist manifesto ever filmed...Amazing cinematography as usual for Flaherty the Docufiction father...and great Music Score...One thing is sure: Edward Abbey would not be proud...Granted for Standard Oil co, the popularity of Flaherty was used to create a propagandistic artefact to justify the petrol industry...In spite of its indeniable quality due to its double moral is a Dangerous film...