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Saturday, April 04, 2009

The Edge of Love - Love Story of Dylan Thomas

Photo: Matthew Rhys and Sienna Miller star in ''The Edge of Love,'' the story of Dylan Thomas during World War II.

from the review by Ty Burr at

"The Edge of Love" is a "great poet" movie, the poet in this case being Dylan Thomas, and it's utter bollocks. How can you tell? The raffish, hard-drinkin' Thomas (Matthew Rhys) finally sits down to compose some verse (it's 1941's "Love in the Asylum") and the words stream out of his inner consciousness directly onto the soundtrack, the musical score surging orgasmically, the work issuing forth complete, each dactyl tucked neatly into place.

This is how art always happens in movies, but someday I'd like to see the real hard work of writing poetry: the procrastination, the dumb luck of inspiration, the coffee, the rewrites. The process is anything but pretty; thus the need in the first place.

Read more at the URL above.

Facts: THE EDGE OF LOVE Directed by: John Maybury, Written by: Sharman Macdonald
Starring: Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys, Cillian Murphy

1 comment:

Alan Summers said...

Unfortunately the film is wildly inaccurate. Vera was tone deaf and never a singer, or had an affair with Dylan.

Dylan did give a character reference at court for his friend.

The film was unnecessarily sexed up and does poor service to Dylan. One of two of Vera's family I believe are upset about the film that weren't involved. A shame.