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The Tree of Wooden Clogs

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Original title
L'albero degli zoccoli
Running time
175 min.
Italy Italy
Ermanno Olmi
Johann Sebastian Bach
Ermanno Olmi
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RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana / Italnoleggio
Drama | 19th Century. Small Town Life (Non-North American)
Synopsis / Plot
Ermanno Olmi’s Palme d’or-winner about the hardships faced by peasants in late 19th-century Lombardy is a masterpiece of neorealism. This wonderful 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.
1978: Cannes Film Festival: Palme d´Or (Golden Palm), Jury Prize Ecuménico
1978: David di Donatello Awards: Best Film
1978: César Awards: Best Foreign Film
1979: BAFTA Awards: Best Documentary
1979: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Film
1978: French Critics Awards (Syndicate of Cinema Critics): Best Foreign Film
Critics' reviews
  • "May well be a masterpiece"
  • "To see it, is to be stirred to the depths of one's soul (...) a cinematic miracle"
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