111 Great Directors: Ken Loach

“I turned down the OBE because it’s not a club you want to join when you look at the villains who’ve got it. It’s all the things I think are despicable: patronage, deferring to the monarchy and the name of the British Empire, which is a monument of exploitation and conquest.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Kes.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Kes.

What Did I Watch: Wind That Shakes the Barley.

Where Does He Fit: Wind That Shakes the Barley is the sort of film that you cannot really call even-handed, but then again, neither is Battle of Algiers, and this is a clear-eyed fuck you to the sort of cruelty that was perpetrated during a tumultuous time in British history. It is sobering and mean and looks gorgeous, with the only complaint that holds weight being the lousy score. It definitely has blank slate characters who are just meant to be liked by virtue of not being the English, and it just wants to provoke a reaction, but I see that as a perfectly reasonable thing to aim for in this case.

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Most Valuable Asset: Anger.
Most Excited For: Land and Freedom.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes?

Coming Up Next: Glauber Rocha, Brazil’s foremost director.

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