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The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)

L'albero degli zoccoli (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History | 1 June 1979 (USA)
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Peasant life in a feudal farm in rural Italy at the end of the 19th century.

Director:

Ermanno Olmi

Writer:

Ermanno Olmi
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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
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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>

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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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Drama | History

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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Anselmo: Haze around the moon, snow is coming soon
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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 »

Alternate Versions

There are two versions of this movie: one which is spoken in the dialect of Bergamo, Italy, and one in which the actors dubbed themselves in Italian. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Splendor (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 669
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Fernando Germani
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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.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 June 1979 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,367
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Gevacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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