(L’albero degli zoccoli, Ermanno Olmi, Italy 1978, 186 min., DCP, Italian w/subtitles)
Labor Film Series. Ermanno Olmi, who died last year at age 86, was one of Italy’s most prolific directors but underappreciated in the United States. This film reflects his deep understanding of the rhythms of life and labor of northern Italy’s peasants and his commitment to them. Winner of the Palme d’Or in 1978, the film depicts the seasonal cycle of work on a small farm in late nineteenth-century Lombardy, capturing in rich detail the social structure and events that shape the characters, movingly portrayed by non-actors.
The film will be introduced by Dr. Elisabetta Sanino D'Amanda, Coordinator of Italian Language Program, Rochester Institute of Technology.
Upcoming Events in this Series
Labor Film Series. Ermanno Olmi, one of Italy’s most prolific directors but underappreciated in the United States, reflects his deep understanding of the rhythms of life and labor of northern Italy’s peasants and his commitment to them.
Labor Film Series | Rochester Premiere | Discussion. Unlike labor films that depict class struggles on the shop floor or the picket line, At War shows the struggle waged at the bargaining table, involving management’s decision to close an auto parts plant despite wage concessions made by the workers to keep it open.
Labor Film Series | Alloy Orchestra. The Alloy Orchestra returns to the Dryden Theatre with this silent film, director Dziga Vertov’s lasting contribution to world cinema.