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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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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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First and only movie to be entirely spoken in Bergamasque dialect. 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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Fugue in G Minor
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An excellent portrayal of Italian peasant life
4 April 2000 | by (Bellevue, Washington, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie could have been made any time after the development of color film. Unless you look at the tape jacket, you wouldn't know what year it had been filmed. It is timeless.

"Tree" follows the lives of three peasant families in the Lombardy (northern) region of Italy. The historical accuracy appears to be quite high. You'll learn how things were done before electricity, the automobile, etc. Watching this film reminded me of visiting Bali or Morocco; I felt immersed in another culture in another time.

The downside is that, of course, peasants don't live terribly exciting lives, and this is a long movie. There isn't really a plot driving the film. What I considered to be the action scenes are grisly; livestock is slaughtered on camera, and it's clear that you are watching the real thing. (I almost started crying while watching a pig as it is was slaughtered; it was squealing loudly as it was literally eviscerated while it was still alive.)

This is a contemplative film. The film which I think would be an interesting companion piece would be "The Scent of Green Papaya," a Vietnamese film with about the same pace and purpose.


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