8.0/10
4,408
39 user 40 critic

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)

L'albero degli zoccoli (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama , History | 1 June 1979 (USA)
Trailer
1:12 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
The life inside a farm in Italy at the end of the 19th 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 »

Director:

Ermanno Olmi

Writer:

Ermanno Olmi
Reviews
18 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Il Posto (1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A very young college graduate attempts to obtain a position with a large corporation.

Director: Ermanno Olmi
Stars: Sandro Panseri, Loredana Detto, Corrado Aprile
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An alcoholic man wants to return the money he has borrowed.

Director: Ermanno Olmi
Stars: Rutger Hauer, Anthony Quayle, Sandrine Dumas
I Fidanzati (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In the industrial North, Giovanni is a skilled factory worker offered a promotion if he'll go to Sicily for 18 months to assist in a new department. His impending absence strains his ... See full summary »

Director: Ermanno Olmi
Stars: Anna Canzi, Carlo Cabrini
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The history of the first victim of modern artillery and its moving agony, amidst conspiracies and betrayals of the powerful. Life and death of Giovanni De' Medici, a young brave captain in ... See full summary »

Director: Ermanno Olmi
Stars: Christo Jivkov, Sergio Grammatico, Dimitar Ratchkov
Padre Padrone (1977)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh, almost barbaric existence by slowly educating himself, despite violent ... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Stars: Omero Antonutti, Saverio Marconi, Marcella Michelangeli
Lulu the Tool (1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A conscientious factory worker gets his finger cut off by a machine. Although the physical handicap is not serious, the accident causes him to become more involved in political and revolutionary groups.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Mariangela Melato, Gino Pernice
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A middle-aged, middle-class man named Bruno gets his boss's job . The film examines his sensitivity towards his old boss, whom he doesn't want to hurt, towards his employees, and towards his wife and mistress.

Director: Ermanno Olmi
Stars: Brunetto Del Vita, Lidia Fuortes, Vitaliano Damioli
Keep Walking (1983)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The assuming of responsibility by individuals, the use of science for man and not against him, the duty of truth to increase the stature of people, all together: these are the important ... See full summary »

Director: Ermanno Olmi
Stars: Alberto Fumagalli, Antonio Cucciarrè, Eligio Martellucci
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Directors: Ermanno Olmi, Giacomo Gatti
Stars: Carlo Maria Martini, Ermanno Olmi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luigi Ornaghi Luigi Ornaghi ... Batistì
Francesca Moriggi Francesca Moriggi ... Batistina
Omar Brignoli Omar Brignoli ... Minec
Antonio Ferrari Antonio Ferrari ... Tuni
Teresa Brescianini Teresa Brescianini ... Widow Runk
Giuseppe Brignoli Giuseppe Brignoli ... Anselmo
Carlo Rota Carlo Rota ... Peppino
Pasqualina Brolis Pasqualina Brolis ... Teresina
Massimo Fratus Massimo Fratus ... Pierino
Francesca Villa Francesca Villa ... Annetta
Maria Grazia Caroli Maria Grazia Caroli ... Bettina
Battista Trevaini Battista Trevaini ... Il Finard
Giuseppina Langalelli Giuseppina Langalelli ... La Moglie Finarda
Lorenzo Pedroni Lorenzo Pedroni ... Il nonno Finard
Felice Cervi Felice Cervi ... Uslì
Edit

Storyline

The life inside a farm in Italy at the end of the 19th 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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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.

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tree of Wooden Clogs See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Gevacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of Al Pacino's favorite movies of all time. See more »

Goofs

When the grandfather and child are going outside to plant tomatoes a car can seen whizzing by on the road in the background. See more »

Quotes

Parish Priest: That boy should be going to school
Batistì: Yes but 6 Km to school and 6 Km back...
Parish Priest: He's young, he has strong legs
Batistì: Just when we're about to have another baby
Batistì: He could have started helping me around the house
Parish Priest: He'll help you even more when he's older
Parish Priest: Let providence provide for now
Batistì: I grew up without ever seeing the inside of a school
Parish Priest: That's not a good reason... and you know it
Parish Priest: If God has given your boy a good mind, it's a sign he's expecting more of him
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Ratataplan (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 - Chorale
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Fernando Germani
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Speaks to the soul in a voice of simple beauty that declares that money is not the ultimate key to survival.
17 November 1999 | by cnaultSee all my reviews

The "Tree of Wooden Clogs", set at the turn of the last century, is the perfect film to watch as we approach the year 2000. The institutions of religion, marriage, and family have been (sometimes rightfully so) scrutinized and criticized over the last 100 years. However, the "Tree of Wooden Clogs" aptly celebrates these institutions as engines of survival. The slow pace of the film may not be for everyone but the serene simplicity of this film sparks more beauty than most of the high-tech films of today.


14 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 39 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed