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L'Albero degli zoccoli

AKA: The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Country: Italy

Genre: Historical Drama



A sensitive and realistic portrait of the lives of several peasant families in northern Italy in 1898, who work on a farmstead owned by a landlord who receives the lion's share of the produce. Over the course of a year, children are born, crops planted, animals slaughtered, couples married, prayers are offered and stories exchanged. With the strong encouragement of the local priest, one of the families send their young son (Omar Brignoli) to school. He has to get up early every day to walk the nearly 4 miles to the schoolhouse, and one afternoon the sole of his clog breaks on the way home. In order to repair the clog, the boy's father hacks down a tree belonging to the landlord and spends the night cobbling the wood into a new sole - an act of paternal love and tenderness that nevertheless will come to have serious consequences for his family.


  • Directed by Italian filmmaker Ermanno Olmi (1931-2018), this film was positively showered with awards, including the Palme d'Or at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival.
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  • Luigi Ornaghi
  • Francesca Moriggi
  • Omar Brignoli
  • Teresa Brescianini
    (Widow Runk)
  • Massimo Fratus
  • Francesca Villa
  • Maria Grazia Caroli

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An outstandingly beautiful, and truthful, film about man's best moral qualities. It is perhaps worth mentioning, however, that the peasant kindness that figures so prominently in this film did not extend to non-human species, and the (real-life) butchering of the pig whilst still alive was unbearably hideous. (N.B. Get the Arrow blu-ray [Region B locked] if possible. The Criterion release got the colour balance wrong - see review on 'dvdbeaver' site for more details.)

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