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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 ...
Batistì
Francesca Moriggi ...
Batistina
Omar Brignoli ...
Minec
Antonio Ferrari ...
Tuni
Teresa Brescianini ...
Widow Runk
Giuseppe Brignoli ...
Anselmo
Carlo Rota ...
Peppino
Pasqualina Brolis ...
Teresina
Massimo Fratus ...
Pierino
Francesca Villa ...
Annetta
Maria Grazia Caroli ...
Bettina
Battista Trevaini ...
Il Finard
Giuseppina Langalelli ...
La Moglie Finarda
Lorenzo Pedroni ...
Il nonno Finard
Felice Cervi ...
Uslì
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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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school | money | farm | year 1898 | piper | See All (255) »

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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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All the actors were real peasants from the Bergamo province, in Italy. They had no acting experience at all. See more »

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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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Spoofed in L'albero delle zoccole (1995) See more »

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Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein, BWV 734
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Fernando Germani
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A sublime hypnotic narrative.
9 May 1999 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

This film really surprises. It is long and detailed, yet, it is amazingly suspenseful. The quiet sturdy look at rural life in Italy manages to accomplish the amazing feet of truly "being" a film of "the oppressed" rather than a mere analysis of "the wretched of the earth". Olmi's direction of the non-professional cast is superb and the film is beautifully shot and edited.

Don't be afraid of this film. It does not actually seem long, nor does it seem aimless or plotless. While one may say that "the whole pesant community" is the real protagonist there are clearly defined characters in the film whose narratives we follow. In fact, the films strategy is one of integration of these narrative strands in a seemingly coherent and logical way. A wonderful, very emotionally moving experience with a clear, sharp, political analysis.






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