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The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)
"L'albero degli zoccoli" (original title)

 -  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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Luigi Ornaghi ...
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Francesca Moriggi ...
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Omar Brignoli ...
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Antonio Ferrari ...
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Teresa Brescianini ...
Widow Runk
Giuseppe Brignoli ...
Anselmo
Carlo Rota ...
Peppino
Pasqualina Brolis ...
Teresina
Massimo Fratus ...
Pierino
Francesca Villa ...
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Maria Grazia Caroli ...
Bettina
Battista Trevaini ...
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Giuseppina Langalelli ...
La Moglie Finarda
Lorenzo Pedroni ...
Il nonno Finard
Felice Cervi ...
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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 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 other. 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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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 »

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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 »

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Peasant life of religion & superstitions: beautiful & sympathetic historical view
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This is a really beautiful film. I am neither Italian, nor Catholic (nor even religious at all in the usual sense) but found this to be wonderful and involving. (I know Italy, and love it, though.) Taking place in around the turn of the previous century, the simple life of farming tenants on a lord's estate is portrayed with great charm and simple respect. You get a fascinating look at what to us now of course seems a backward combination of ancient religious myths and medieval magic, all believed in the hope of a better life in what is a difficult existence. Yet there is a hint of the modern world to come in the distant shouts and arrests of political activists glimpsed to the side, who are advocating a more fair economy, and less dependence on outmoded beliefs. The warm and dignified life of the loving families is quite believable, and no need to judge the comforts they cling to. In terms of length an pacing, it takes its time, it is true, but it is really worth it. A sort of living demonstration of the enduring human spirit, and the passing of time and history---even as old ways are dimly remembered and treasured for their sentiment.


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