Under Milk Wood

Director: Andrew Sinclair
Year Released: 1972
Rating: 3.0

Serviceable visual adaptation of Dylan Thomas' radio play (which was still being worked on when he died) that captures the goings-on in the fictitious town of Llareggub and the wild lives of its eccentric inhabitants. The attempt to go from character to character and thought to thought makes the picture jump around - between the poetic language and barrage of images, it's a bit much - though the ingenuity of Thomas' stream-of-consciousness is more than apparent. There are over fifty performers in this - including Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole and Elizabeth Taylor - but the real star is the text. Closing your eyes and listening helps tremendously.