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Il segreto del bosco vecchio (1993)

It tells the story of a general who is about to cut down an old forest for the sake of financial gain, but discovers that the forest is inhabited by invisible spirits.

Director:

Ermanno Olmi

Writers:

Dino Buzzati (story), Ermanno Olmi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paolo Villaggio ... Col. Procolo
Giulio Brogi ... Bernardi
Riccardo Zannantonio Riccardo Zannantonio ... Benvenuto Procolo
Lino Pais Marden Lino Pais Marden ... Giovanni Aiuti
Antonio Vecelio Antonio Vecelio ... Vettore
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pietro Berton Pietro Berton
Renato Pais Bianco Renato Pais Bianco
Federico Boschiero Federico Boschiero
Stefano Carbogno Stefano Carbogno
Geltrude Carli Geltrude Carli
Silvano Cetta Silvano Cetta
Renato Buzzo Contin Renato Buzzo Contin
Narciso De Bettin Narciso De Bettin
Ernesto de Martin Modolado Ernesto de Martin Modolado
Florio Zandegiacomo De Pasquale Florio Zandegiacomo De Pasquale
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It tells the story of a general who is about to cut down an old forest for the sake of financial gain, but discovers that the forest is inhabited by invisible spirits.

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nature | forest | ecological | See All (3) »

Genres:

Family | Fantasy

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 October 1993 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret of the Old Woods See more »

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Aura Film,Penta Film See more »
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Color
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An Ecological Fairy Tale
25 August 2002 | by maple-2See all my reviews

This Ecological Fairy Tale, with live actors and talking animals tells the story of a colonel (Paolo Villaggio) who is entrusted with a large estate of woodlands until his schoolboy nephew comes of age. Disregarding local tradition and the practice of his esteemed deceased brother, the military man decides to selectively cut the old growth timber. He is confronted with the protestations of the tree spirits (Giulio Brogi) and the local townsfolk, to no avail. Over their objection he releases the unpredictable wind from the cave to which it has been confined, and even wishes for the early demise of his nephew so he can own the woods outright. But he comes to value human contact more, starts to come to terms with most of the spirits, and reverses some plots to get rid of his nephew. A bit like a live action Hayan Miyazaki tale such as Princess Mononoke, but not so violent.


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