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L'albero degli zoccoli
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1 June 1979 (USA) See more »
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.
The life inside a farm in Italy at the beginning of the century. Many poor country families live there... See more » | Full synopsis »
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How to film an epic. See more (36 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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
Pierangelo Bertoli ... Secondo
Brunella Migliaccio ... Olga
Giacomo Cavalleri ... Brena
Lorenza Frigeni ... La moglie di Brena
Lucia Pezzoli ... Maddalena
Franco Pilenga ... Stefano
Guglielmo Badoni ... Father
Laura Lecatelli ... Mother
Carmelo Silva ... Don Carlo
Mario Brignoli ... Padrone
Emilio Pedroni ... Fattore
Vittorio Capelli ... Fritz
Francesca Bassurini ... Luca Maria
Lina Ricci ... Donna del Segno

Directed by
Ermanno Olmi 
Writing credits
Ermanno Olmi (written by)

Cinematography by
Ermanno Olmi 
Film Editing by
Ermanno Olmi 
Production Design by
Enrico Tovaglieri 
Set Decoration by
Franco Gambarana 
Costume Design by
Francesca Zucchelli 
Makeup Department
Guiliana DeCarli .... makeup artist
Production Management
Alessandro Calosci .... production manager
Domenico Di Parigi .... production supervisor
Attilio Torricelli .... production manager
Art Department
Rossella Guarama .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Italo Cameracanna .... sound effects
Amedeo Casati .... sound engineer
Aldo Ciorba .... sound effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Calzavara .... chief electrician
Carlo Petriccioli .... camera operator
Giovanni Spinelli .... key grip
Enrico Visconti .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Valeria Mariani .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Elma Rigoni .... assistant editor
Music Department
Fernando Germani .... musician: organ
Other crew
Enrico Leoni .... production secretary
Fiorella Lugli .... script supervisor
Giulio Mandelli .... delegate: RAI
Archimede Orlando .... administrator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'albero degli zoccoli" - Italy (original title)
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186 min
Color (Gevacolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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First and only movie to be entirely spoken in Bergamasque dialect.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Butcher:You're lucky. "A pig in the snow is like wine down below."See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Splendor (1989)See more »
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 706See more »


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40 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
How to film an epic., 9 May 2006
Author: anna-k-2 from United Kingdom

Yes, it lasts three hours. Yes, it is about a village community where nothing much happens. Not your typical man save-woman blow-up joint scenario, definitely. All this is said on the package, therefore I truly do not understand people who criticise this film for slowness. OF COURSE it is going to be slow, what do you expect? After this private note, some review. The film is excellent and highly recommendable for many reasons. First of all, the shooting: the use of non-professional actors,authentic settings and a real-life focus makes this film feel like a documentary, although it is set over a hundred years in the past. It therefore gives an unprecedented opportunity to peek into the life of rural Lombardy at the turn of the centuries. Secondly, the plot. Slow as it is, it sucks you in nonetheless, as you get emotionally involved with the beautifully depicted community of families. Full of small and big dramas, the film does not cease to surprise till the very end. Finally, perhaps the biggest asset of the movie is the loving, but realistic depiction of the times. There is dirt, hard work and cow dung, but there is also nature, family, and most importantly - love. If you speak some Italian, the additional perk is the beautiful dialect. Highly, highly recommend!

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