The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Drama | Italian with English subtitles | 186 minutes


In Lombardy, Italy, in 1898, four peasant families struggle to survive on farms owned by an unsympathetic landlord. Living in a communal  arrangement, they interact with each other: planting their crops, giving birth to children, slaughtering animals, and praying in a sparse church. When one child’s clog breaks, his father cuts down a tree  on the landlord’s property and from it carves a new clog. The landlord finds out about this theft and with terrible cruelty decides to punish the father and his family.  

Cast (Unprofessional Locals):
Luigi Ornaghi (Batisti) / Francesca Moriggi (Batistina) / Omar Brignoli ( Minee) / Antonio Ferrari (Tuni)
Why Stream This Film?
 It’s rare that such a worthy film, still running in theaters and nominated for 10 Oscars, is also available for streaming.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 94%
  • Cannes Film Festival: Winner, Palme d’Or
  • César Awards: Winner, Best Foreign Film
  • David di Donatello Awards: Winner, Best Film
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Top Foreign Film
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film
  • The New York Times placed the film on its Best 1000 Movies Ever list.
The film has a tempo as slow as the seasons’ turn, but there is something magnificent in its utter commitment and authenticity.
Peter Bradshaw

The Guardian

Ermanno Olmi’s fine Italian film has almost nothing going for it except it may well be a masterpiece. It is a profoundly serious film that stands outside time and fashion.
Vincent Canby

The New York Times

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