Danske anmeldelser

 Interviews & reviews in English

 Baggrund om Irland / Background on Ireland


Danske anmeldelser


 Biografer og data om filmen.


 Ken Loach i filmisk storform. Af Anders Fenger (2. marts 2007)
“Med filmen om Irlands frihedskrig i 1920’erne drager Ken Loach klare paralleller til kampen i Irak. Væbnet kamp mod en besættelsesmagt og stikkerlikvideringer er helt ok for filminstruktøren.”

 Besættelse og frihed
“Auteurs kalder man de instruktører, som sætter et markant personligt fingeraftryk på deres værker. Sådan én er engelske Ken Loach, og når han som her er i topform, er hans film rystende gode … Det er få instruktører, der rammer så præcist i skildringen af både menneske og ideologier. Vinden der ryster kornet er derfor ikke bare almindelig god – den er rystende god for både hjerte og hjerne.”


 Bitter historisk strid. Af Eva Novrup Redvall (2. marts 2007)
“Ken Loach’ stærke guldpalmevinder ‘Vinden som ryster kornet’ syder af vrede og bitterhed i sin skildring af IRA’s guerillakrig mod England i starten af 1920’erne.”


 Smuk og principfast film af Ken Loach. Af Bettina Heltberg (2. marts 2007)
“Ken Loach har med ‘Vinden der ryster kornet’ skabt en fin og principfast film, der også blev belønnet med Guldpalmen i Cannes. Men det er ikke hans bedste.”

Socialistisk Arbejderavis

 ‘Vinden som ryster kornet’ – klassekamp i praksis. Af Jan Hoby (nr.267, 4. april 2007)
“‘Vinden som ryster kornet’ vandt De gyldne palmer sidste år i Cannes. Og det er ikke uden grund. Den anerkendte socialistiske engelske filminstruktør Ken Loach har lavet endnu et socialt indigneret drama om klassekamp og klassekrig.”

Socialistisk Standpunkt

 Vinden der ryster kornet – den irske frihedskamp som film. Af Teis K. Amundsen (23. marts 2007)
“Vinden der ryster kornet er en meget gribende film. Gribende men også yderst brutal, eftersom Irlands historie og frihedskamp ofte har været brutal. Den er en yderst velkommen realistisk skildring af en intens periode i Irlands historie og befriende forskellig fra andre film om emnet …”


Interviews & reviews in English

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 The Wind That Shakes the Barley (film)
With external links.

IMDb : Internet Movie Database

 The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)


 Ken Loach’s history lesson : ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’ takes Cannes. By Harry Browne (May 30, 2006)
“The leftist British director Ken Loach has been nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes many times. On Sunday we finally found out that he makes a great victory speech, as he drove home the link between the British occupation of Ireland and today’s occupation of Iraq. More importantly, as we already knew, he makes great films, and ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’ is perhaps his very best.”

Green Left Weekly

 The winds of change still blow (Issue 684, September 20, 2006)
“Ken Loachs new film is a brilliant work that brings to life a crucial moment in Irish history – the signing of the treaty with England in 1921 that partitioned the country into the Irish Free State in the south, with ‘Northern Ireland’ remaining under British rule, and the consequent civil war between supporters and opponents of the treaty.”


 ‘I have my sleeves rolled up and I’m ready’ (17. maj 2006)
“Ken Loach’s last film about the Troubles won a Cannes prize and sparked a furore. Now he’s back representing Britain at this year’s festival – with a film about the IRA’s birth that’s set to trigger an even greater row. He talks to Fiachra Gibbons.”

Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

 The Wind that Shakes the Barley (March 5, 2007)
“The specific slice of reality dealt with in Loach’s latest and perhaps greatest film is the Irish war for national independence, and the subsequent civil war between the Irish Free State regular army and IRA irregulars opposed to the sell-out treaty that ended the first war. As in the past, Loach has demonstrated a willingness to scrutinize revolutionary struggles sans romantic illusions.”

Socialist Outlook

 The Wind That Shakes the Barley. By John Meehan (Issue 10, Summer 2006)
“Ken Loach’s film is brilliant, complex, a great multi-sided story. No wonder it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. I hope he returns to Irish history with a future film.”

Socialist Resistance

 From the man who wrote the script (No. 41, January 2007)
“Screenwriter Paul Laverty spoke at a recent Socialist Resistance meeting. Here is an edited version of his remarks.”

Socialist Worker (UK)

 Ken Loach on The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Issue 2004, 10 June 2006)
“Director Ken Loach spoke to Tom Behan about his award winning new film The Wind That Shakes The Barley, which is about Ireland’s fight for freedom.”

Socialist Worker (US)

 Breaking the chains of occupation. By Andrew Freund ( March 23, 2007)
“Loach is the director of radical film favorites like Land and Freedom and Bread and Roses, realistically acted dramas depicting everyday people fighting in grass-roots historical struggles. His new masterpiece follows in that vein.”


 ‘The wind that shakes the barley’. By Sean Matgamna (3/96, 13 July 2006)
“The Wind that Shakes the Barley is the best Loach film I’ve seen since the altogether wonderful Kes. The press outcry against this film is one measure of the fearful, repressive, illiberal political atmosphere under which we live now.”

Weekly Worker

 Coherent strategy (Issue 674, May 25, 2007)
“Did James Connolly lead the Citizen Army into the dead end of nationalism? Did Ken Loach accurately reflect Irish history in The wind that shakes the barley? Philip Ferguson responds to Jim Creegan.”

 Ken Loach’s use of Irish history (Issue 669, April 19, 2007)
“US communist Jim Creegan revisits the controversy over a film that has at last reached New York.”

 Wind that shakes the establishment. By Anne Mc Shane (Issue 631, June 29, 2006)
“This is a truly moving and hard-hitting film. It is both a story of oppression and defiance. A graphic and at times unwatchable depiction of the horror that was meted out to the Irish by the British state in 1920-22, it is also a portrayal of the rising of that people. Loach makes that history come alive for us today.”

World Socialist Web Site

 A patchwork, but no bigger picture. By Paul Bond (11 October 2006)
“It is to Loach’s credit that he explores questions of the history and political experiences of the working class. He is fundamentally a serious film-maker. That he is such a visible target for the right-wing media testifies both to his persistence, and to the fact that he has been almost alone in pursuing this course. This raises two related questions: to what extent is Loach’s film-making artistically successful, and to what extent are the historical-political positions he advances tenable?”

Baggrund om Irland / Background on Ireland


 Den amputerede revolution. Af Anders Fenger (2. marts 2007)
“Ken Loach’ storfilm ‘Vinden, der ryster kornet’ beskriver den irske revolution, der ikke blev ført igennem, da den fandt sted i en ugunstig international situation.”

Leksikon for det 21. århundrede


 Irish Republican Army (IRA, Óglaigh na hÉireann)

In Defence of Marxism

 Ireland: Republicanism and Revolution. By Alan Woods (Wellred Books, 2005, 135 p.)

International Socialism

 Bookwatch: Ireland. By Pat Riordan (Issue 66, Spring 1995, p.139-147)

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 War of Independence (1919–21)

 Irish Civil War (1922-23)

Workers Liberty

 The Partition of Ireland (27 May, 2006)
“The events of 1912-22, and their consequences for Ireland today.”

Workers Solidarity Movement

 Feature: The 1916 rising and class struggle in Ireland 1886-1923 (April 18, 2006)
“Articles on 1916, the War of Independence and related issues published by the WSM as well as material by other anarchists and documents from the period.”


 Cannes Press Conference Wind That Shakes The Barley (, 3.36 min., June 19, 2006)

 Paul Laverty – The Wind That Shakes The Barley (, 10.30 min., November 07, 2006)
Videoclip, Paul Laverty, the film’s screenwriter, talks about The Wind That Shakes The Barley at a meeting hosted by Socialist Resistance.

 The Wind That Shakes The Barley (1/13) (, 10.00 min., June 08, 2009)

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