Water and Poverty in the Movies

LOUISIANA STORY 1948, Lopert Films

1948, Lopert Films

One more comment on Louisiana Story… as I’ve noted before, images of women either washing clothes by hand without piped water and/or carrying buckets of water appear to be the international symbols for poverty.

The movie Louisiana Story (1948), which captures some of the transition from poverty to wealth when oil production comes to the bayou, has some of these images.  In the 16th minute there are two scenes of poor females washing clothes by hand. The foreshadowing is that such poverty would be changed forever after oil production begins.

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