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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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... Dylan Thomas
... Liz Reitell
... John Malcolm Brinnin
Celt Llewelyn Jones ... Young Dylan
Jamie Ballard ... Jerry Hart
... Dr. Milton Feltenstein
... Sylvie
Naomi Everson ... Rollie McKenna
... Longshoreman
... Caitlin Thomas
Robert Blythe ... Dylan's Dad
... Dylan's Mum
Nansi Rhys Adams ... Aeronwy Thomas
Robbie Lester ... Roy Poole
... 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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A film that bored me so much
17 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a talented British poet, whose life is ridden with alcoholism and poor health. His womanising ways does not help with guys marriage either, causing every bit of his life to fall apart.

"A Poet in New York" may look good on paper, but the end result is quite ridiculous. I can't imagine a man bursting into poems every time he speaks. The poems are not even relevant to the questions or contexts at times, hence the social exchanges are very weird. The film does not capture me in any way, unfortunately. I found it very boring and unconvincing.


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