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The Tree of Wooden Clogs

original movie poster
Directed by Ermanno Olmi
Written by Ermanno Olmi
Starring Luigi Ornaghi
Francesca Moriggi
Omar Brignoli
Release date(s) Italy September 21, 1978
United States June 1, 1979
Running time 186 min
Country Italy
Language Bergamasque variety of Eastern Lombard

L'Albero degli zoccoli is a 1978 Italian film written and directed by Ermanno Olmi. It was released as The Tree of Wooden Clogs in the USA and as The Tree with the Wooden Clogs in the UK. The film concerns Italian peasant life in the late 19th century. It has some similarities with the earlier Italian neorealist movement, in that it focuses on the lives of the poor, and the parts were played by real farmers and locals, rather than professional actors. It won fourteen awards including the Palme d'or at Cannes[1] and the César Award for Best Foreign Film. The original version of the movie is spoken in Bergamasque, an Eastern Lombard dialect.

It includes footage of several real animal killings, including a pig being gutted while still partially alive.



  • Luigi Ornaghi - Batistì
  • Francesca Moriggi - Batistina
  • Omar Brignoli - Minec
  • Antonio Ferrari - Tuni
  • Teresa Brescianini - Widow Runk
  • Giuseppe Brignoli - Anselmo
  • Carlo Rota - Peppino
  • Pasqualina Brolis - Teresina
  • Massimo Fratus - Pierino
  • Francesca Villa - Annetta
  • Maria Grazia Caroli - Bettina
  • Battista Trevaini - Il Finard
  • Giuseppina Langalelli - La Moglie Finarda
  • Lorenzo Pedroni - Il nonno Finard
  • Felice Cervi - Uslì

Critical acclaim

British film-maker Mike Leigh praised the film in The Daily Telegraph's 'Film makers on film' interview series, on 19 October, 2002. Leigh pays tribute to the film’s humanity, realism, and vast scale. He called the film “extraordinary on a number of levels”, before concluding “this guy's [Olmi] a genius, and that's all there is to it”.[2] When Al Pacino was asked by the AFI what is favourite movie was, he admitted that he "always liked The Tree Of Wooden Clogs."[citation needed]


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