Rent The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)

3.9 of 5 from 126 ratings
2h 59min
Rent The Tree of Wooden Clogs (aka L'albero degli zoccoli) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Set in Tuscany at the end of the Nineteenth Century the film is a vignette style depiction of several peasant families who all reside in the same farmhouse. Olmi brilliantly paints their struggle for survival through a series of small incidents; a wedding, the rescue of a sick animal and even secret tomato growing. Shot in an almost documentary style, and using a non-professional cast, Olmi lovingly captures the joys and sorrows and the spirituality of life in rural Italy at that time.
Actors:
Luigi Ornaghi, Francesca Moriggi, Omar Brignoli, Antonio Ferrari, , Giuseppe Brignoli, , Pasqualina Brolis, Massimo Fratus, Francesca Villa, Maria Grazia Caroli, Battista Trevaini, Giuseppina Langalelli, Lorenzo Pedroni, Felice Cervi, Pierangelo Bertoli, Brunella Migliaccio, Giacomo Cavalleri, Lorenza Frigeni, Lucia Pezzoli
Directors:
Writers:
Ermanno Olmi
Aka:
L'albero degli zoccoli
Studio:
Nouveaux Pictures
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Drama
Awards:

1980 BAFTA Best Documentary

1978 Cannes Palme d'Or

BBFC:
Release Date:
11/02/2002
Run Time:
179 minutes
Languages:
Italian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Director's filmography and biography
  • Photo gallery
  • Cast and crew credits
  • Director's introduction to the film
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/08/2017
Run Time:
186 minutes
Languages:
Bergamasque, Italian
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Introduction by director Ermanno Olmi
  • Two interviews with Olmi from the 1978 Cannes Film Festival, recorded either side of his Palme d'Or win
  • Interview with Olmi from Italian film programme Appuntamenti con il cinema

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Reviews (3) of The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Deeply Authentic - The Tree of Wooden Clogs review by ec

Spoiler Alert
23/08/2018

This is a beautiful film with a lightness of touch on deep matters. Enjoy 3 hours becoming immersed in the life of a small remote hamlet that is breathtakingly authentic.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Beautiful and moving film. - The Tree of Wooden Clogs review by CD

Spoiler Alert
31/08/2018

Like so many Italian films this is a beautiful and deeply moving depiction of a community, we are slowly drawn into the joys and sorrows of several peasant families in an understated way which makes the denouement all the more heart rending.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

"The Whisper Of Generations" - The Tree of Wooden Clogs review by RhysH

Spoiler Alert
17/09/2018

This film is rightly acclaimed as a masterpiece, it has all of Olmi's documentary background without ever being voyeuristic. We are allowed the privilege of observing the life of a rural community, love, loss, despair and hope with no hint of sentimentality, all against the background of the changing seasons.

A caring film.

Olmi who died on the 5th of May 2018 said his films were about what the poet Zanzotto expressed as "the whisper of generations".

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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