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The Tree of Wooden Clogs

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  • Dramatizing a year in the life of northern Italian peasants at the turn of the century, Ermanno Olmi's THE TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS pays loving tribute to both the neo-realist style of filmmaking and a rural way of life that no longer exists. Hoping to create a better life for themselves, a poor family decide to send their young son to school despite the crushing sacrifice involved. When the boy's wooden clogs break on the long journey home, the seemingly minor incident sets into motion a series of tragedies that reverberate throughout the peasants' lives. Olmi's slice-of-life film--which he wrote, directed, shot, and edited--uses this central story as a launchpad to document, in moving detail, rural life under oppressive poverty. As the camera lingers patiently over women handwashing laundry on the banks of a river or farmers preparing a pig for slaughter, the quasi-documentary images transform these mundane tasks of peasant life into an almost sacramental epic of grace and beauty.

    Cannes Palme d'Or 1978

  • Credits
    Luigi Ornaghi, Francesca Moriggi, Omar Brignoli, Antonio Ferrari, Carlo Rota, Giuseppe Brignoli, Francesca Villa, Felice Cessi
  • Critic Reviews
    "...It may well be a masterpiece....A profoundly serious film that stands outside time and fashion."
    New York Times

    Included in the New York Times's "10 BEST FILMS OF 1979"
    New York Times

    "...A slow, lovely, three-hour Ermanno Olmi movie about Italian peasants..."
    USA Today

    "...The non-professional cast gave veracity to scenes of hardship and enterprise during the course of a year, with a particularly moving performance from Luigi Ornaghi..."
    Sight and Sound

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Ermanno Olmi teases irresistible turns from the non-professional cast and sifts through a world astonishingly rich with detail and beauty."
    Total Film

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