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The Tree of Wooden Clogs
Luigi Ornaghi and Francesca Moriggi




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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.

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Overview

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.

Awards:
1978 - Cannes - Palme d'Or Winner

Main Cast & Crew

Ermanno Olmi - Director
Luigi Ornaghi
Francesca Moriggi
Omar Brignoli
Antonio Ferrari
Teresa Brescianini
Giuseppe Brignoli
Carlo Rota
Pasqualina Brolis
Massimo Fratus
Francesca Villa

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Criterion Collection)
  • Run Time: 175
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 715515187619
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: July 2004

Related Categories:
Movies > Foreign Films
Movies > Italian

Related Keywords:
Classic
Family Interaction
Recommended
Poverty
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Family Life
Italy
Families
Essential Cinema

 

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Reviews:
"...It may well be a masterpiece....A profoundly serious film that stands outside time and fashion." - 06/01/1979 New York Times, p.C8


Included in the New York Times's "10 BEST FILMS OF 1979" - 12/30/1979 New York Times, p.II:1


"...A slow, lovely, three-hour Ermanno Olmi movie about Italian peasants..." - 11/30/1990 USA Today, p.3D


"...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..." - 05/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.62


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." - 11/01/2007 Total Film, p.140

 

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