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A Poet in New York (2014)

A look at Welsh poet Dylan Thomas's fatal visit to New York City, and his stormy relationship with his wife Caitlin.

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Aisling Walsh

Writer:

Andrew Davies (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hollander ... Dylan Thomas
Phoebe Fox ... Liz Reitell
Ewen Bremner ... John Malcolm Brinnin
Celt Llewelyn Jones Celt Llewelyn Jones ... Young Dylan
Jamie Ballard Jamie Ballard ... Jerry Hart
Demetri Goritsas ... Dr. Milton Feltenstein
Samantha Coughlan ... Sylvie
Naomi Everson Naomi Everson ... Rollie McKenna
Jason May ... Longshoreman
Essie Davis ... Caitlin Thomas
Robert Blythe Robert Blythe ... Dylan's Dad
Sharon Morgan ... Dylan's Mum
Nansi Rhys Adams Nansi Rhys Adams ... Aeronwy Thomas
Robbie Lester Robbie Lester ... Roy Poole
Morfydd Clark ... Nancy Wickwire
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In 1953 poet Dylan Thomas arrives in New York with his assistant and lover Liz Reitell to embark upon a tour of poetry readings, ending up in California where he hopes to meet Stravinsky. He is perpetually drunk, almost missing meetings, throwing up and taking a paranoid view of his long-suffering agent John Brinnin, whom he accuses of trying to defraud him. Whilst staying at the Chelsea hotel he recalls his upbringing in Wales, his affectionate exchange with his proud, ailing father - the inspiration for the poem 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' - and his time with his wife Caitlin and daughter Aeronwy, as he writes ' Under Milk Wood'. Whilst he patches things up with John, his infidelity to both wife and mistress angers Liz and his excessive drinking ensures that he never gets to meet Stravinsky or survive beyond another few months. Written by don @ minifie-1

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English

Release Date:

18 May 2014 (UK) See more »

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Under whelming
31 May 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Dylan lived a life of booze, sex and ill health. He died young and in that time wrote great poetry and did a lot of readings which Thomas is also known for.

This film concentrates on his American tours in the last part of his life. New York seduces him with fame and booze but the stories I heard about his time in New York, some by people still alive who knew him in that period are more interesting than this biopic.

There was some good use of period footage used in this film and Tom Hollander channelled the essence of Dylan Thomas but it was also a by the numbers biopic with love, drink, lust, betrayal and poetry.

The film would have been better with some actual American actors playing Americans although Ewen Bremner was good the accent seemed to wobble here and there.

The poetry recitals were good and the flashbacks to his earlier in Wales were intriguing but this was a wasted opportunity.


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