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The Tree of Wooden Clogs

L’Albero degli zoccoli

Ermanno Olmi’s profound and moving study of peasant life in rural Lombardy in 1898.

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Italy 1978
Dir Ermanno Olmi
With Luigi Ornaghi, Francesca Bassurini, Omar Brignoli
186min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

Peasant life in rural Lombardy in 1898. The eternal struggle of living and surviving from day to day, from season to season. Spiritual, infuriating, tender, moving and profound. The ultimate location film, and no professional actors involved. Olmi writes, directs, photographs and edits his epic masterpiece. Remarkable. How does he do it?