The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli Zoccoli)
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli Zoccoli) (1979)

Italian filmmaker Ermanno Olmi's Tree of the Wooden Clogs covers a period of twelve months, dividing its time between three peasant families, all of whom work on the estate of an all-but-absentee landlord. Special emphasis is given the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 1, 1979
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
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Peter Bradshaw

The film has a tempo as slow as the seasons' turn, but there is something magnificent in its utter commitment and authenticity.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

You don't need to have experienced the film's world firsthand to grasp the transparency with which Olmi depicts it, full as it is with simple pleasures, complex emotions, and unadorned heartbreak.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An Italian masterpiece that elegantly and effortlessly depicts the natural rhythms of life in a rural community in the nineteenth century.

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Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies

Produces feelings of aching joy and melancholy in equal measure.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

It's easy enough to a painterly near-documentary, shot and edited by a director who got his start in documentary films...or a spacious moral fable about humility and trust in following the righteous path. [Criterion Blu-ray]

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

The value here is in documenting an example of the small social units and their values that were steps in the evolution to representational government.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Using a non-professional cast it demands patience, but stick with it and its warm, gentle humanism, plus Olmi's affection for his characters, soon become beguiling.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Keeps its Marxist message under wraps, and manages never to be either lackluster or thrilling.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

A gentle Catholic counterpoint to angry Marxist peasant cinema… acutely aware of harsh economic and social injustices, but devoid of violent revolutionary spirit.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Dimitris Springer
Sometimes,you don't need none but the amateur's heart.Olmi's glorifying tenderness qualifies his ability to show reality as a glass of water:he… More