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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
Stacey Miller ...
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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The Truth is Indecent.


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After the movie was screened at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival, multiple sources reported that it contains a scene in which Hart Crane (played by James Franco) performs oral sex on another man--a scene for which a prosthetic penis was used during filming. See more »

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Hart Crane: Isadora Duncan was incredible. Magnificent! But the crowd, what a bunch of conservative bores. So after, she comes back, breast exposed, she tells them to all go home and read the Calamus section from Whitman.
Gorham Munson: I'm sure most don't even know Whitman.
Hart Crane: [laughing] It was, it was incredible! Breast hanging out! Nipple exposed! Telling them that - that truth isn't beautiful. That in fact, it's quite indecent.
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Referenced in Hart Crane: An Exegesis (2012) See more »

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Performed by Ray Miller & His Orchesra
Written by Zez Confrey (as Edward Confrey)
Published by EMI Catalog Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Old Time Victrola Music
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Franco student film
29 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

James Franco does an experimental autobiography of American poet Hart Crane. Michael Shannon plays Emile, one of his lovers. It's black and white and supposedly Franco's student film at New York University. It is unwatchable if you're looking for a narrative driven story. I'll be cruel and say it's pretentious. It's an art student film. It is technically competent. The black and white photography looks good. Unlike most amateur films, this one has top level actors. It is simply not good as a film. I'd rather have a short film with only Franco reading poetry. There's no way to maintain enough concentration to follow the entire run.


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