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Genre  Biography, Drama
7.4/10 IMDb

Music director  Egisto Macchi
Country  Italy
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Language  Italian Sardinian Latin
Director  Paolo Taviani Vittorio Taviani
Release date  June 1977 (Berlinale) December 23, 1977 (New York Film Festival)
Writer  Gavino Ledda (book), Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Directors  Vittorio Taviani, Paolo Taviani
Screenplay  Vittorio Taviani, Paolo Taviani
Cast  Omero Antonutti (Padre), Saverio Marconi (Gavino), Marcella Michelangeli (Madre), Fabrizio Forte (Young Gavino), Marino Cenna (Young shepherd), Stanko Molnar (Sebastiano)
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Padre Padrone (also known as Father and Master, 1977) is an Italian film directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. The Tavianis used both professional and non-professional actors from the Sardinian countryside.


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The drama was originally filmed by the Taviani brothers for Italian television but won the 1977 Palme d'Or prize at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival.

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The film depicts a Sardinian shepherd who is terrorized by his domineering father and tries to escape by educating himself. He eventually becomes a celebrated linguist. The drama is based on an autobiographical book of the same title by Gavino Ledda.

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The film opens in documentary style at the elementary school in Siligo that six-year-old Gavino (Saverio Marconi) is attending. His tyrannical peasant father (Omero Antonutti) barges in and announces to the teacher and the students that Gavino must leave school and tend the family sheep. Under his father's watchful eyes and the victim of his sadistic behavior, Gavino passes the next fourteen years tending sheep in the Sardinian mountains. There he begins to discover things for himself and to rebel against his father.

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Gavino is rescued from his family and his isolation when he is called for military service. During his time with the army he learns about electronics, the Italian language and classical music, yearning all the while for a university education.

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When Gavino returns home, he declares to his father that he will attend university. His father is against this and tells him that he will throw him out of the family home. They have a nasty fight, but Gavino eventually attends university and emerges as a brilliant student. He becomes a linguist, specializing in the origins of the Sardinian language.

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The film ends in documentary style again as Gavino Ledda himself tells why he wrote his book and what Sardinian children may expect as inhabitants of a rural area with close ties to the land.


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  • Omero Antonutti as Father
  • Saverio Marconi as Gavino
  • Marcella Michelangeli as Mother
  • Fabrizio Forte as Young Gavino
  • Nanni Moretti as Cesare
  • Gavino Ledda as Himself
  • Music

  • Johann Strauss II: Overture from Die Fledermaus (accordion/radio scene)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
  • Trink, trink, Brüderlein trink (German Volksmusik)
  • Critical reception

    Janet Maslin, film critic for The New York Times, praised the film and wrote, "Padre Padrone is stirringly affirmative. It's also a bit simple: The patriarchal behavior of Gavino's father is so readily accepted as an unfathomable given constant that the film never offers much insight into the man or the culture that fostered him. Intriguingly aberrant behavior is chalked up to tradition, and thus robbed of some of its ferocity. But the film is vivid and very moving, coarse but seldom blunt, and filled with raw landscapes that underscore the naturalness and inevitability of the father-son rituals it depicts."

    The staff for Variety magazine also lauded the film and wrote, "Around the initiation of a seven-year-old boy into the lonely life of sheep herder until his triumphant rift at the age of 20 with a remarkably overbearing father-patriarch (Omero Antonutti), the Taviani brothers have for the most part succeeded in adapting a miniature epic...In a long final part, accenting the boy's iron will to learn right up to a high school diploma, the final showdown between patriarch and rebel son is perhaps a more consequent narrative."

    On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 100% based on 6 reviews with an average score of 7.3/10.



  • Berlin International Film Festival: Interfilm Grand Prix, Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani; 1977.
  • Cannes Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize Competition, Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani; Golden Palm, Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani; 1977.
  • David di Donatello Awards, Italy: Special David, Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani; 1978.
  • Nastro d'Argento Best Director (Regista del Miglior Film Italiano), Vittorio Taviani and Paolo Taviani; Best New Actor (Migliore Attore Esordiente), Saverio Marconi; 1978.
  • Nominations

  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts: BAFTA Film Award, Best Newcomer, Saverio Marconi; 1978.
  • References

    Padre Padrone Wikipedia
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