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  • Actors: Luigi Ornaghi, Francesca Moriggi, Omar Brignoli, Antonio Ferrari, Teresa Brescianini
  • Directors: Ermanno Olmi
  • Writers: Ermanno Olmi
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KOCH LORBER FILMS
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 186 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Z935W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" on IMDb

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Also portrayed are the strong bonds of faith and love that unite a family whatever hardships life may bring.
MaddalenaC
There is one scene in this film that conveys clearly and unforgettably how beauty emerges out of the surprise of ordinary moments.
off the tropic
Not for the testorone driven Arnold mindless, but was one of the best movie going experiences I have ever seen.
Dan Lavelle

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Thomas P. Schaer on December 13, 2005
Format: DVD
I saw this movie 1979 when I was fourteen back in the small mountain village where I grew up near the Swiss-Italian border. I have seen many movies since, came to live and love a new country and people, yet L'Albero degli Zoccoli remains my favorite. In a world of x-boxes, consumer spending indices and ADD, it is sobering to sit down once in a while and learn about other cultures; you may as well transplant this story in any corner of the world as it holds true across cultures and continents.

Thomas Schaer, Veterinarian & Organic Farmer
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This moving film follows a year in the lives of four Italian tenant-farming families in the late nineteenth century.

Although it is a drama, the film has a strong documentary or ethnographic flavor, portraying the lives of the families, the seasons, the farm animals, country and town, courtship and marriage, and above all faith. The four families live in the same compound, and the plot revolves around events within the compound and the village -- enrolling a boy at school, the sickness of a family's cow, boy meets girl, an adoption, planting tomatoes, the illegal felling of a tree, the difficult circumstances of a widow, and an eviction.

Director Ermanno Olmi drew the members of the cast from Lombardy farm families. The effect of the localized events and the non-professional cast is to pull the viewer into the world of these families in a way few films do. The length of the film and its "slow" pace have a parallel effect -- to draw the viewer out of the fast pace of our modern life back into a time when lives moved to different and slower rhythms.

Many will wince, as I did, at the scene when a large hog is slaughtered. The pork that comes to us in wrapped supermarket packages distances us from the reality of farms and animals, and the film makes us confront it. (All of our great-grandparents knew the reality, and they might be surprised by how the scene discomforts their own descendants.) The scene shows Olmi's evenhandedness. Nostalgia for the past is balanced with a clear look at its hardships and cruelties.

The film's large theme is to show how the lives of these ordinary people were inseparable from their Catholic faith, evident in their prayers, conversations, and responses to their homely crises.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By MaddalenaC on November 18, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I bought this video after the death of my father who was born into a very poor family in northeastern Italy. Watching it was a poignant experience. The hardships of peasant life at the turn of the century are realistically portrayed. Also portrayed are the strong bonds of faith and love that unite a family whatever hardships life may bring. One of the story strands follows a pair of young sweethearts who have become parents in an unusual way by the end of the film. It is enchanting. All in all a moving true to life film that brought tears and smiles as it evoked the memory of the stories Papa told us. American audiences may be impatient with length and slow pace of this film, but it is well worth the time spent.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dan Lavelle on October 3, 2004
Format: DVD
Yes it is slow, but so was our heritage, not as Italians, but as human beings. It needs to be slow to develop the story of why sharecroppers left families for America, the faith that they were raised with, how interwoven it was in their lives, and how a child is and has been everything to a parent. Not for the testorone driven Arnold mindless, but was one of the best movie going experiences I have ever seen. I love looking at a movie, walking out hours later, and feel as if I really learned something about the people, a place, and the time that they lived in. This movie was breath taking. Yes it is slow, you have to earn it, but breath taking nevertheless.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ServusDei on April 8, 2012
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The Tree of wooden clogs is a wonderful, raw portrayal of rural peasant life in turn of the century (i.e. 19th-20th Century) Italy, magnificiently portraying the joys, sorrows , trepidations, faith and charity of a group of tenant farmers. It also very beautifully portrays the hope that these people have for a better tomorrow. It is a time of hardships and yet a time of great love for the less fortunate.......a much better time, just because of the latter. It is composed entirely of a cast of non-actors. A great film on realism.

Be forewarned ye vegetarians and lovers of animals. There is a very ( emphasis on VERY) descriptive slaughter of a pig and a duck...... (put me off bacon for a couple of days!).Not something one should let children see....!

However the review of two stars is not for the film itself but for the banal subtitles.....too few and far between that a chunk of the conversation is lost.Eventhough the producers might have chosen to omit certain segments of the dialogue, I genuinely feel that the charchter of the film is inevitably, to a certain degree, lost as well.

Secondly the DVD is PAL format. So unless you have a multi-system player, one can only use one's computer to watch this film. Why is a PAL system film being sold in North America? Search me...... and why is it region 0 (all regions)?

Two thumbs up for the fim....two thumbs down for this DVD release.........
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