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The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Street Date:
February 14th, 2017
Movie Release Year:
1978
Studio:
Criterion
Length:
186 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Genres:

Drama

Starring:

Luigi Ornaghi, Francesca Moriggi, Omar Brignoli

Director:

Ermanno Olmi

Plot Synopsis:

A painterly and sensual immersion in late nineteenth-century Italian farm life, Ermanno Olmi’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs lovingly focuses on four families working for one landowner on an isolated estate in the province of Bergamo. Filming on an abandoned farm for four months, Olmi adapted neorealist techniques to tell his story, enlisting local people to live as their own ancestors had, speaking in their native dialect on locations with which they were intimately familiar. Through the cycle of seasons, of back-breaking labor, love and marriage, birth and death, faith and superstition, Olmi naturalistically evokes an existence very close to nature, one that celebrates its beauty, humor, and simplicity but also acknowledges the feudal cruelty that governs it. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1978, The Tree of Wooden Clogs is at once intimate in scale and epic in scope—a towering, heart-stirring work of humanist filmmaking.

Technical Specs

  • Blu-ray

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.33:1

Audio Formats

  • Bergamasque Mono LPCM
  • Alternate Italian-language soundtrack

Subtitles/Captions

  • English

Supplements

  • Ermanno Olmi: The Roots of the Tree, an hour-long episode of The South Bank Show from 1981, featuring an interview with Olmi on the film and a visit to the farm where it was shot
  • New program featuring cast and crew discussing the film at the Cinema Ritrovato film festival in Bologna, Italy, in 2016
  • Archival interviews with Olmi
  • Trailer
  • New introduction by filmmaker Mike Leigh
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Deborah Young