On Saturday 17th February, there will be a special showing of one of Italy’s great films of the last century in addition to our usual Italian film season. It is taking place at the Union Films cinema of Highfield Campus: L’albero degli zoccoli / The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi, 1978) – English subtitles – 185 min.
> It is a classic and is considered a masterpiece of late Italian neorealism. Martin Scorsese values it so much that he has had it restored and remastered, and this is the version that is being shown next Saturday at the University of Southampton Union Films at 6p.m.
> See the attached leaflet and read this article from the British Film Institute.
> This event has been organized by Roland Matthews who states that the film is set in Treviglio, a town in northern Italy, near Bergamo in Lombardy, and that this town is twinned with Romsey.
> Luciana O’Neill, who has always been a great admirer of Ermanno Olmi, will be introducing the film to us in English.
> When planning the showing of this film, we all decided that it needed to be shown in a real cinema, as opposed to a lecture room, and that it would be better to arrange for the showing to take place on a Saturday, because it is quite a long film.