Ermanno OlmiLuigi Ornaghi, Francesca Moriggi, Omar Brignoli
Italy / 1978 / 186 minutes / HD Digital
Olmi’s peasant epic captured the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and remains remarkable for its beauty and humanity. Its story is achingly simply and intimate, like the lives of these 19th century Lombard peasants themselves, trapped by poverty and exploitation by heartless landlords while change boils up far away in the cities where the 20th century will soon arrive. A film of realism, from the peasant dialect which the story uses to the details of country life, whether the slaughter of animals or the wooden shoes that might mean going to school, finding a new path. A lovingly restored classic that embodies the ability of films to create and preserve worlds.