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Padre Padrone (1977)

Padre padrone (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 2 September 1977 (Italy)
The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh, almost barbaric existence by slowly educating himself, despite violent ... See full summary »

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Gavino Ledda (book), Paolo Taviani | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Omero Antonutti ... Father
Saverio Marconi Saverio Marconi ... Gavino
Marcella Michelangeli ... Mother
Fabrizio Forte ... Young Gavino
Marino Cenna Marino Cenna ... Young shepherd
Stanko Molnar ... Sebastiano
Nanni Moretti ... Cesare
Pierluigi Alvau Pierluigi Alvau
Giuseppino Angioni Giuseppino Angioni
Fabio Angioni Fabio Angioni
Giuseppe Brandino Giuseppe Brandino
Mario Cheri Mario Cheri
Giuseppe Chessa Perle Giuseppe Chessa Perle
Domenico Deriu Domenico Deriu
Marina D'Onofrio Marina D'Onofrio
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Storyline

The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh, almost barbaric existence by slowly educating himself, despite violent opposition from his brutal father. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Taglines:

...my father, my Master

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Sardinian | German | Latin

Release Date:

2 September 1977 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Padre Padrone See more »

Filming Locations:

Sardinia, Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rai 2, Cinema S.r.l See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Akira Kurosawa included this as one of his favorite movies in his book A Dream is a Genius. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Father: Don't laugh at Gavino. Hands on your desks! Today is Gavino's turn. Tomorrow will be yours.
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Connections

Featured in One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Overture from 'Die Fledermaus'
Composed by Johann Strauss
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Strict Parents
26 July 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh, almost barbaric existence by slowly educating himself, despite violent opposition from his brutal father.

Janet Maslin 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." Maslin may not be all too familiar with the tradition. If she was, she would appreciate why it needs no explanation. I don't know Sardinia specifically, but I know Sicily, and this behavior would just be expected. There is no deeper psychology behind it. What makes this film interesting is not that a young man overcomes his father (many do that), but that he became a Sardinian linguist... because seriously, who does that? I was not even aware they had their own language.


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