The Tree of Wooden Clogs - Ermanno Olmi

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The Tree of Wooden Clogs - Ermanno Olmi

Postby Sara » Sun Nov 27, 2005 6:59 pm

Yesterday I spent three hours watching The Tree of Wooden Clogs.

At the end I was near tears. Yet, what I felt was deeper than tears. No, it was not sad. But so deeply human. It touched something inside me that I am finding hard to write about. The critic Andrew Sarris said "to see this is to be stirred to the depths of one's soul."

The music - Bach's music on the organ - the people - such a variety of humanity with such beautiful faces.

And such community. I have rarely seen such community in a film. About six peasant families living together.

And the church and all the prayers and the children and their mothers saying the Rosary at bedtime.

Memorable scenes - the father cutting down a tree to make a new clog for his little boy who had to walk miles to school. The grandfather going out on a snowy night to put chicken droppings underneath the snow so he could plant and have the first tomatoes in the spring. The widowed mother of 8 going into the church with some water to ask the Virgin Mary to bless it and give her a miracle so she could save her cow.

What was the plot? This was no suspense thriller. No Hollywood big name stars. No computer enhanced scenery.

Just simple Lombardy peasants going about life trying to make a go of it, with joy and with sorrow, yes, and with love and with faith.

If you want a real review, get someone else. There are a lot of good ones on the internet.

All I can say is that it was a very beautiful film and I loved it.

I can't believe I sat still for 3 hours!


Re: The Tree of Wooden Clogs - Ermanno Olmi

Postby trevor826 » Sun Nov 27, 2005 7:29 pm

You certainly sell it well Sara, I remember John5/Mizoguchi commenting on it before, (lost with so much other info) but I'm still waiting to see it.

Thanks for the reminder.

Cheers Trev.

Re: The Tree of Wooden Clogs - Ermanno Olmi

Postby gratefultiger » Mon Nov 28, 2005 12:31 am

one of the great socialist films,should be seen by all.

Re: The Tree of Wooden Clogs - Ermanno Olmi

Postby hengcs » Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:11 am

I will try to watch it too.

Re: The Tree of Wooden Clogs - Ermanno Olmi

Postby A » Wed Nov 30, 2005 8:55 pm

Saw this at a special screening with a friend.
We were both bored with it, though i liked it more than he did.
I think the film would have been way better, if Olmi hadn't used such an amount of excessive cutting and different camera angles. I felt like I was watching an action film at times, barely enough time to reflect upon an image, because another has already replaced it, and the cutting was most of the times totally unmotivated.
The best scenes were imo where the two lovers (who later marry) meet on a road. Their gazes speek more than 1000 words of dialogue could have expressed. This was simply marvelous!
As for the rest, i would have cut much out of it (half an hour or maybe even more). The film didn't find its rhythm, and overall didn't work for me. Rated it nevertheless **1/2 / ****

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