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The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)

L'albero degli zoccoli (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History | 1 June 1979 (USA)
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The life inside a farm in Italy at the beginning of the century. Many poor country families live there, and the owner pays them by their productivity. One of the families has a very clever ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luigi Ornaghi ...
Francesca Moriggi ...
Omar Brignoli ...
Antonio Ferrari ...
Teresa Brescianini ...
Widow Runk
Giuseppe Brignoli ...
Carlo Rota ...
Pasqualina Brolis ...
Massimo Fratus ...
Francesca Villa ...
Maria Grazia Caroli ...
Battista Trevaini ...
Il Finard
Giuseppina Langalelli ...
La Moglie Finarda
Lorenzo Pedroni ...
Il nonno Finard
Felice Cervi ...


The life inside a farm in Italy at the beginning of the century. Many poor country families live there, and the owner pays them by their productivity. One of the families has a very clever child. They decide to send him to school instead of make him help them, although this represents a great sacrifice. The boy has to wake up very early and walk several miles to get to the school. One day the boy's shoes break when returning home, but they do not have money to buy another pair. What can they do? Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Once in a generation, a work of art appears as if by magic, to move and inspire its audience. A work that returns to a exhausted humanity the possibility of simple grandeur. We invite you to visit a time and place when life was still a sacred matter. When the family of man was still - a family.


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Since the language spoken is an archaic dialect, most of the Italians did not understand the words. See more »


When the children are making music with pots and pans, the 'instruments' of the little girl are switching from one hand to the other when the camera looks at her from the other side. See more »


Batistì: A peasant's son going to school. What will people say?
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Quite strangely, the names of the actors are listed as "last name first name", while the names of the rest of the crew are correctly listed as "first name last name". See more »


Spoofed in Ratataplan (1979) See more »


Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Fernando Germani
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Sweeping piece of art
7 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

The last time I felt swept and moved by a movie with so much depth was when I saw "Andrei Rublev" and "Eternity and a Day", and this movie is such like them when it fails to become a movie and becomes a modern piece of art.

It was like if someone would've been reading me a poem whilst watching such beautiful landscapes. And all through that, you feel in your own skin the love for their own soil. it seems as if they had been rooted to the grounds.

Certainly it is not for everyone's tastes but it is truly a moving experience.


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