One of Italy's most successful film exports in the years following the heyday of Federico Fellini was this rather brutal though uplifting autobiographical story about a rural Sardinian boy who battles to overcome his upbringing at the hands of a tyrannical father. The generational struggle of Padre Padrone perfectly suited the cultural temperament of the 1970s, and the film could be compared to such American explorations of the same topic as The Great Santini. Difficult in many respects and extremely low-budget, Padre Padrone's characters speak a thick Sardinian accent. It was original made for Italian television and became an international success on the film festival circuit after an English-subtitled version was made. It is based on a book by Gavino Ledda and filmed by directors Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani with a near-perfect appreciation of Italian peasant culture.