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'Set Fire to the Stars' vividly captures Dylan Thomas visit

'Set Fire to the Stars' vividly captures Dylan Thomas visit

Gorgeous, evocative and well performed, "Set Fire to the Stars" recounts the week in 1950 when New York poetry professor John Brinnin (Elijah Wood) brought famed Welsh poet — and Brinnin's perhaps undeserving idol — Dylan Thomas (Celyn Jones) to America to perform in a university reading tour. Although he's warned by his mentor, Jack (Steven Mackintosh), that taking a chance on the gifted if reckless Thomas could torpedo Brinnin's academic future, Brinnin earnestly asks: "How much trouble can one poet be?" Well, he's about find out — the hard way. Thomas is a handful, a self-described "horrible little imp." Volatile,...

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