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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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John Malcolm Brinnin
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Jamie Ballard ...
Jerry Hart
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Dr. Milton Feltenstein
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Sylvie
Naomi Everson ...
Rollie McKenna
Jason May ...
Longshoreman
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Caitlin Thomas
Robert Blythe ...
Dylan's Dad
Sharon Morgan ...
Dylan's Mum
Nansi Rhys Adams ...
Aeronwy Thomas
Robbie Lester ...
Roy Poole
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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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Talent, not quite enough.
21 February 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Talented without a doubt but what makes this film difficult to enjoy is that Thomas wasn't the best of human beings. Relationships weren't his strong point. He can't help himself of course so it's like watching a train wreck, waiting for the inevitable crash. That sometimes makes for uninspired viewing. Performances are good though as is the poetry itself, naturally.

Having said that, I liked him more when I didn't know this much about him. As a writer who's struggled with depression and alcohol, it doesn't surprise me and I completely empathize, but it doesn't necessarily make for a good movie. No disrespect. Is this film the way he'd like to be remembered? Read his work instead. You'll get a lot more out of it.


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