The Tree of Wooden Clogs Film Still

The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Ermanno Olmi

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Criterion Blu-Ray)

14 Feb 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Italy
  • 1978
  • 186 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Bergamasque
  • Spine #854

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 backbreaking labor, love and marriage, birth and death, faith and superstition, Olmi naturalistically evokes an existence very close to nature, celebrating its beauty, humor, and simplicity but also acknowledging the feudal cruelty that governs it. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1978, The Tree of Wooden Clogs is intimate in scale but epic in scope—a towering, heart-stirring work of humanist filmmaking.


BatistìLuigi Ornaghi
Batistina, his wifeFrancesca Moriggi
Minek, the studentOmar Brignoli
TuniAntonio Ferrari
The widow RunkTeresa Brescianini
Anselmo, the grandfatherGiuseppe Brignoli
PeppinoCarlo Rota
TeresinaPasqualina Brolis
PierinoMassimo Fratus
AnnettaFrancesca Villa
BettinaMaria Grazia Caroli
FinardBattista Trevaini
Finard’s wifeGiuseppina Langalelli
Grandpa FinardLorenzo Pedroni
UstìFelice Cervi
SecondoPierangelo Bertoli
OlgaBrunella Migliaccio
BrenaGiacomo Cavalleri
Brena’s wifeLorenza Frigeni
Maddalena, the brideLucia Pezzoli
Stefano, the groomFranco Pilenga
Stefano’s fatherGuglielmo Badoni
Stefano’s motherLaura Locatelli
Don CarloCarmelo Silva
The landlordMario Brignoli
The foremanEmilio Pedroni
FrikìVittorio Capelli
Sister MariaFrancesca Bassurini
Woman of the SignLina Ricci


DirectorErmanno Olmi
Written, photographed, and edited byErmanno Olmi
Director of productionAttilio Torricelli
Set designEnrico Tovaglieri
CostumesFrancesca Zucchelli
SoundAmadeo Casati

Disc Features

  • New 4K restoration, created in collaboration with The Film Foundation at L’Immagine Ritrovata and supervised by director Ermanno Olmi, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate Italian-language soundtrack
  • New introduction by filmmaker Mike Leigh
  • Ermanno Olmi: The Roots of the Tree, an hour-long 1981 episode of The South Bank Show, 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
  • Interviews with Olmi from 1978 and 2008
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Deborah Young

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Big Screen


Ermanno Olmi’s Masterpiece Returns to the Big Screen

December 16, 2016

One of the most ambitious achievements of Italian master Ermanno Olmi’s career, The Tree of Wooden Clogs opens at New York’s Film Forum today in a ravishing new 4K restoration, supervised by the . . . Read more »

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The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Criterion DVD)

14 Feb 2017


2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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