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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.

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Ermanno Olmi

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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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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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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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Anselmo: Chicken droppings are hotter than cow manure
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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 »

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Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 669
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Fernando Germani
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Peasant life of religion & superstitions: beautiful & sympathetic historical view
31 January 2009 | by Semi-evolutionarySee all my reviews

This is a really beautiful film. I am neither Italian, nor Catholic (nor even religious at all in the usual sense) but found this to be wonderful and involving. (I know Italy, and love it, though.) Taking place in around the turn of the previous century, the simple life of farming tenants on a lord's estate is portrayed with great charm and simple respect. You get a fascinating look at what to us now of course seems a backward combination of ancient religious myths and medieval magic, all believed in the hope of a better life in what is a difficult existence. Yet there is a hint of the modern world to come in the distant shouts and arrests of political activists glimpsed to the side, who are advocating a more fair economy, and less dependence on outmoded beliefs. The warm and dignified life of the loving families is quite believable, and no need to judge the comforts they cling to. In terms of length an pacing, it takes its time, it is true, but it is really worth it. A sort of living demonstration of the enduring human spirit, and the passing of time and history---even as old ways are dimly remembered and treasured for their sentiment.


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Country:

Italy

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Italian

Release Date:

1 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tree of Wooden Clogs See more »

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$9,367
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