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The Broken Tower (2011)

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A biography of American poet Hart Crane who committed suicide at the age of 32 by jumping off the steamship SS Orizaba.

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Richard Abate ...
Father Crane
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Mother Crane
Paul Mariani ...
Alfred Stieglitz
Shandor Garrison ...
Gorham Munson
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Mrs. Cowley
Dylan Goodwin ...
Young Truck Driver
John Morrow ...
Young Sailor
Ivo Juhani ...
French Man in Library
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American Man in Paris
Fallon Goodsen ...
American Woman in Paris
Caroline Aragon ...
French Cafe Owner
Sebastian Celis ...
Deckhand
Will Rawls ...
Factory Worker
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A look at the dreams, unapologetic love of men , manic highs and depressive, death-haunted lows of early 20th century rebellious, self-destructive visionary poet Hart Crane from his early years as the son of a wealthy Cleveland businessman through his sojourns in New York, Cuba and Paris. Written by Anonymous

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Shot in three countries and 30 locations in 15 days. See more »

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Gorham Munson: Hart, forgive me for saying this. But you want to speak for America.
Hart Crane: Yeah.
Gorham Munson: Does it matter that you're queer?
Hart Crane: [Annoyed, rolls eyes] Whitman was queer. That's why he could love *all* of America. The roustabouts. The slaves. The, the soldiers he nursed in the Civil War.
Gorham Munson: So you will expose yourself?
Hart Crane: It's funny, considering my truckdriver left me. No. People can know everything about us when we're dead. But for now, it's better to keep quiet. For father's sake.
Gorham Munson: [sarcastically] Right. You wouldn't want...
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Honey Dew
& "Think About Me"
Performed by The High Toppers
Written by David Jonathan Tobin, Crit Andrew Harmon
Published by John Sansome Music (SESAC), Heavy Hitters (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Heavy Hitters Music Group
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6 August 2013 | by (Malta) – See all my reviews

Not a particularly great poet to begin with. I don't know why the film is in black and white, is that supposed to make it look more arty or something? I don't see why he was not happy with the advertising job. He could have still found time for his poems on the side. His poems are really heavy and monotonous and pedantic, I bet they don't necessarily mean anything most of the time. They just kind of sound like they do. But its just drunken delirium. Some nice shots under the bridge. The guy does have a nice smile. Poet was destructive. I bet Ginsberg liked this guy. Lucky guy got to travel a lot, not bad for a broke cliché of a suffering artist.


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