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Posted: Mon April 20th, 2009, 3:00 pm
by chuck
Watched "The Wind That Shakes The Barley"....Very impressive story about the Irish Rebellion...Sad and very compelling ...Had some trouble understanding the dialogue..Excellent Irish cast....the lead was Cillian Murphy...Ireland is breathtakingly beautiful.....

Posted: Mon April 20th, 2009, 11:34 pm
by princess garnet
Anyone see "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" on CBS last night? Anna Paquin played the lead role. I couldn't finish but it was worthwhile. Amazing story!

Posted: Tue April 21st, 2009, 2:50 am
by Leyland
"princess garnet" wrote:Anyone see "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" on CBS last night? Anna Paquin played the lead role. I couldn't finish but it was worthwhile. Amazing story!
I watched the whole movie and was impressed by the Hallmark production. I was doubly impressed when I saw the end credit regarding the fact that she was mostly unknown until a small group of American high school students found out about her achievements and were a thus roundabout part of her Nobel Peace Prize achievment.

Posted: Tue April 21st, 2009, 4:58 pm
by chuck
Watched the new DVD version of "Captain From Castile"...still resonates with me....wish they would have done a two part film and dealt with the second part of Shelabarger's great novel....

Posted: Tue April 21st, 2009, 11:02 pm
by Divia
"princess garnet" wrote:Anyone see "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" on CBS last night? Anna Paquin played the lead role. I couldn't finish but it was worthwhile. Amazing story!


I watched parts of it. I liked the end where it spoke about her. I didnt like the accents though. It distracted me.

Posted: Fri April 24th, 2009, 5:07 pm
by Leo62
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Very good movie - a pleasant surprise.

Posted: Sat April 25th, 2009, 1:41 am
by Ash
"chuck" wrote:Watched "The Wind That Shakes The Barley"....Very impressive story about the Irish Rebellion...Sad and very compelling ...Had some trouble understanding the dialogue..Excellent Irish cast....the lead was Cillian Murphy...Ireland is breathtakingly beautiful.....


John McCutcheon has a CD by that title; wonderful hammer dulcimer music. What was the soundtrack like?

Posted: Sat April 25th, 2009, 3:15 am
by chuck
Soundtrack was very good....The title of the film came from a poem written about the Irish rebellion during 1798 ...The music as I as I recall was very traditional and quite beautiful

Posted: Sat April 25th, 2009, 4:24 am
by annis
Sounds like one to watch, Chuck. My daughter-in-law is a descendant of Liam Lynch, who was an Irish Republican Army general during the Black and Tan conflicts

The title comes from a 19th Century poem that tells of a young Irish boy who soon will leave his sweetheart to join others fighting the English in the 1798 rebellion. They would carry barley in their pockets as provisions on the march. When they were slain and their bodies pitched into unmarked mass graves by the English, from their bodies the sprouting barley came to symbolise that Irish resistance to the British would never die.

"I sat within the valley green, I sat me with my true love
My sad heart strove the two between, the old love and the new love
The old for her, the new that made me think on Ireland dearly
While soft the wind blew down the glen and shook the golden barley

'Twas hard the woeful words to frame to break the ties that bound us
But harder still to bear the shame of foreign chains around us
And so I said, "The mountain glen I'll seek at morning early
And join the bold united men," while soft winds shake the barley

While sad I kissed away her tears, my fond arms round her flinging
A yeoman's shot burst on our ears from out the wildwood ringing
A bullet pierced my true love's side in life's young spring so early
And on my breast in blood she died while soft winds shook the barley

I bore her to some mountain stream, and many's the summer blossom
I placed with branches soft and green about her gore-stained bosom
I wept and kissed her clay-cold corpse then rushed o'er vale and valley
My vengeance on the foe to wreak while soft wind shook the barley

But blood for blood without remorse I've taken at Oulart Hollow
And laid my true love's clay cold corpse where I full soon may follow
As round her grave I wander drear, noon, night and morning early
With breaking heart when e'er I hear the wind that shakes the barley."

It has been put to music and has been sung by various artists- here's one version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv4woavn00U

Posted: Sat April 25th, 2009, 4:24 am
by SonjaMarie
"Grey Gardens". Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange were amazing as Big Edie Bouvier Beale and Little Edie. They were the aunt and first cousin of Jackie O.

SM