"Tree of the Wooden Clogs"
Directed by Ermanno Olmi
A passionate, moving
film, an epic celebration of an Italian family's indomitable spirit, winner of the Grand
Prize at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival. The subject of the film is peasant life in
northern Italy at the turn of the century, focusing on about a year in the life of three
families living on a feudal estate. "A quiet masterpiece" (Newsweek).
"The movie, which runs slightly more than three hours, is an accumulation of dozens
of experiences of children, adults, old people, village idiots, of harvest times and
plantings, of moments of boredom and jealousy, celebrations, fatigue, brief pleasures and
mysterious ones. It moves so effortlessly, often with great humor and always with
compassion, it seems much shorter than most 90-minute films" (Vincent Canby, New
York Times). Italian with English subtitles.