“And all the people of the lulled and dumbfound town are sleeping now…”

“You can hear the dew falling and the hushed town breathing.”

“Only your eyes are unclosed to see the folded town, fast and slow, asleep.”

This is an advert from Volkswagen which features Richard Burton reading from Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.

That’s Richard Burton (the once highest paid actor in Hollywood and recipient of many, many awards), Dylan Thomas (the world-renowned Welsh playwright), Under Milk Wood (a beautifully, hauntingly written “play for voices” about the secret dreams of the varied inhabitants of a tiny Welsh village) and only 2 shots of the outside of the car they’re advertising.


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