The Tree of Wooden Clogs The Tree of Wooden Clogs

The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Ermanno Olmi

 
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Italy
  • 1978
  • 186 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • Bergamasque
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  • 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.

Cast

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

Credits

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

Film Essays

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The Tree of Wooden Clogs: The Sacredness of Life as Understatement

By Deborah Young February 13, 2017

Ermanno Olmi captures the dignity of work in this painterly vision of late nineteenth-century rural Italy. Read more »

Video

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Ermanno Olmi on the Whisper of the Generations

February 16, 2017

In his Palme d’Or–winning masterpiece The Tree of Wooden Clogs, Ermanno Olmi depicts both the hardship and the beauty of late nineteenth-century agrarian life in the Italian province of Bergamo, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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The Tree of Wooden Clogs: The Sacredness of Life as Understatement

By Deborah Young February 13, 2017

Ermanno Olmi captures the dignity of work in this painterly vision of late nineteenth-century rural Italy. Read more »


Big Screen

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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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