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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
Luigi Omaghi
Francesca Moriggi
Omar Brignoli
Antonio Ferrari
Teresa Brescianini
Directors
Ermanno Olmi
Screenwriters
Ermanno Olmi
Running Time
185 minutes

The Tree Of Wooden Clogs


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Plot
Five families living in a ramshackle house on an estate in 1890s Lombardy endure the vagaries of their harsh rural existence under the pitiless supervision of the padrone to whom they owe two-thirds of their produce.


Verdict
Long and detailed but worth the patience, this is an overlooked Italian masterpiece.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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