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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.
The film has a tempo as slow as the seasons' turn, but there is something magnificent in its utter commitment and authenticity.
Produces feelings of aching joy and melancholy in equal measure.
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.
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.
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]
Keeps its Marxist message under wraps, and manages never to be either lackluster or thrilling.
An Italian masterpiece that elegantly and effortlessly depicts the natural rhythms of life in a rural community in the nineteenth century.
The value here is in documenting an example of the small social units and their values that were steps in the evolution to representational government.
Fewer movies have been done with greater sensitivity or integrity than The Tree of Wooden Clogs. Surely no three-hour movie has ever seemed so short and I I've seen some half-this length that have seemed to run twice as long.
A gentle Catholic counterpoint to angry Marxist peasant cinema
acutely aware of harsh economic and social injustices, but devoid of violent revolutionary spirit.
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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