Under Milk Wood (1972)
Dylan Thomas's "play for voices" Under Milk Wood was given its world premiere on the BBC radio's Third Programme in January 1954, a few weeks after his premature death, with Thomas's friend Richard Burton as narrator. It has since been turned into a stage play, an opera, a ballet, a jazz album and this rarely seen 1972 movie, written and directed by Andrew Sinclair.
Set in the imaginary Welsh fishing village of Llareggub over a single day, it merges the dreams, inner reflections, memories and daily talk of some 67 of its inhabitants, living and dead, into a colourful alliterative kaleidoscopic prose poem. A largely Welsh cast is led by Peter O'Toole as the blind seafarer Captain Cat, Elizabeth Taylor as his old lover Rose Probert and Richard Burton as "First Voice", a role Thomas wrote for himself. Sinclair has populated his landscape with familiar Welsh faces speaking the text with great understanding, and shot it at authentic locations in and around the port of Fishguard, which is given a timeless feeling. Its chief influences are Joyce's Ulysses and Thornton Wilder's Our Town.
(excerpted from The Guardian, March 15, 2014, by Philip French)
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