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The Tree of Wooden Clogs, dir. Ermanno Olmi, 1978

The Tree of Wooden Clogs

15 Jul 201718 Jul 2017

The winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival, Ermanno Olmi’s The Tree of the Wooden Clogs is an epic portrait of peasant life in late nineteenth century Italy.

Focusing on four families working and living on the farm of a landowner in the Bergamo region of northern Italy, Olmi presents a year in their lives, charting their daily activities and the natural flow of existence: birth, marriage, death and the trials and tribulations in between.

Shot on an abandoned farmhouse in Bergamo, the film was influenced by the locals of the region and features the Bergamasque dialect. The end result is truly remarkable, the apotheosis of the neo-realist movement in Italian cinema.

The Tree of Wooden Clogs, dir. Ermanno Olmi, Italy 1978, 186 mins, Italian, English subtitles, certificate 12A

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