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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.
Art House & International , Drama
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Koch Lorber Films


Luigi Ornaghi
as Batisti
Luigi Omaghi
as Batisti
Francesca Moriggi
as Batistina
Teresa Brescianini
as Widow Runk
Giuseppe Brignoli
as Grandpa Anselmo
Carlo Rota
as Peppino
Massimo Fratus
as Pierino
Lorenzo Pedroni
as Grandpa Finar
Lorenza Frigeni
as Brena's Wife
Lucia Pezzoli
as Maddalena
Franco Pilenga
as Stefano
Guglielmo Padoni
as Bridegroom's Father
Laura Locatelli
as Bridegroom's Mother
Carmelo Silva
as Don Carlo
Emilio Pedroni
as Bailiff
Francesca Bassurini
as Sister Maria
Lina Ricci
as Sign Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli Zoccoli)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Keeps its Marxist message under wraps, and manages never to be either lackluster or thrilling.

Full Review… | October 14, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An Italian masterpiece that elegantly and effortlessly depicts the natural rhythms of life in a rural community in the nineteenth century.

Full Review… | December 10, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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.

Full Review… | October 28, 2004
Cinema Signals

A gentle Catholic counterpoint to angry Marxist peasant cinema… acutely aware of harsh economic and social injustices, but devoid of violent revolutionary spirit.

Full Review… | September 1, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli Zoccoli)

There's no plot to speak of, just a series of minor anecdotes. It captures the sense of time and place, depicting their struggles without asking the audience for pity, and without portraying the characters as noble salt-of-the-earth types wronged by a cruel class system (except at the end, but by that point it's been earned). It's all very matter-of-fact. The cast is quite good, and the photography, although not spectacular, has a pastoral grace to it. But it does require some patience.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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...

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer


A beautiful film somewhat remnicent of the book Akenfield in the way it portrays the charm of life in a 'simpler' era, but this film more vividly portrays a rigorous agony of the human struggle amidst an otherwise placid pastorale.

Rob Davis
Rob Davis

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