Padre Padrone - My father, my lord

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German title Padre Padrone - My father, my lord
Original title Padre padrone
Country of production Italy
original language Italian
Publishing year 1977
length 113 minutes
Director Paolo Taviani
Vittorio Taviani
script Paolo Taviani
Vittorio Taviani
production Giuliani G. De Negri
music Egisto Macchi
camera Mario Masini
cut Roberto Perpignani

Padre Padrone - My Father, My Lord (Original Title: Padre Padrone ) is an Italian film by the directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani from 1977, which describes the gradual liberation of a young man from years of oppression by his father. The literary model is the autobiographical novel Padre Padrone by Gavino Ledda .


Gavino, son of a Sardinian family, is forced to leave school to tend the sheep by his abusive father at the age of six. So he spent his youth largely secluded in Sardinia's inhospitable mountains. Only at the age of 20 does his outbreak of isolation and bondage begin. He learned to read and write in the military and was enthusiastic about literary writing. He then took up a literary studies - against the massive resistance of his father, from whom Gavino was able to cut himself off more and more. After completing his doctorate, he returns to his parents' village - nothing has changed there.


Gavino Ledda's autobiographical novel Padre Padrone forms the literary model for the film. In it, the Sardinian-born writer describes his youthful years, which were characterized by extreme servitude and isolation, the subsequent awareness and the beginning of his university career.


The film by the Taviani brothers is to cinematic art what Ledda's novel means to literature and especially to the novel of development : an impressive work about the oppression of man, for which an outbreak is possible, albeit arduously . My father, sir, has won several European film awards, including the Palme d'Or and the FIPRESCI award at the Cannes International Film Festival . Up until then, no film had won both awards at the same time.

The Wiesbaden film evaluation agency gave this film the rating “Particularly valuable”. In the justification of the FBW report it says u. a .: The film, which leaves a strong documentary impression, is nevertheless the free adaptation of a novel. However, it is precisely in this connection between document and artistic design that he acquires an [...] intensity that allows him to experience and experience the emancipation of a person from the tradition of his culture, from the compelling power of the family, from the enslaved lack of education. This is supported by the artistic means, the careful, reflective use of which increases their effect: how music and noises are used here to represent a living environment, how language becomes more than just a vehicle for communication, but makes understanding possible or impossible - that reinforces that Unity of design elements, which almost unnoticed, but intensely, clarifies the subject of the film.


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