The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli Zoccoli)

1979

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli Zoccoli) (1979)

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Italian filmmaker Ermanno Olmi's Tree of the Wooden Clogs covers a period of twelve months, dividing its time between three peasant families, all of whom work on the estate of an all-but-absentee landlord. Special emphasis is given the interrelationships between the various family members and their neighbors. Tree of the Wooden Clogs was honored with the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival.

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The harmonious unity of Ermanno Olmi's film, despite one or two discordant notes, stems largely from the director's circumspect approach to all its elements. The parts are justly proportioned and nothing is allowed to command undue attention.

Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The film has a tempo as slow as the seasons' turn, but there is something magnificent in its utter commitment and authenticity.

Jul 7, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Produces feelings of aching joy and melancholy in equal measure.

Jul 7, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Using a non-professional cast it demands patience, but stick with it and its warm, gentle humanism, plus Olmi's affection for his characters, soon become beguiling.

Jul 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

You don't need to have experienced the film's world firsthand to grasp the transparency with which Olmi depicts it, full as it is with simple pleasures, complex emotions, and unadorned heartbreak.

Mar 10, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's easy enough to appreciate...as a painterly near-documentary, shot and edited by a director who got his start in documentary films...or a spacious moral fable about humility and trust in following the righteous path. [Criterion Blu-ray]

Feb 22, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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Sometimes,you don't need none but the amateur's heart.Olmi's glorifying tenderness qualifies his ability to show reality as a glass of water:he embodies Nature as the God of agricultural loneliness(and poverty).Goddess to be precise...

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