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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 ...
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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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Hart Crane: But the important thing is how do we get that into poetry? All of it. Jazz, Woolworth's, typewriters, buildings, freeways. Everything. It's, it's popping up from - bridges and, and tunnels, you know, from here to San Francisco. How do you get *that* into poetry?
Gorham Munson: Eliot did it.
Hart Crane: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. But *Rabbi Crane*
[pointing to self, chuckling]
Hart Crane: ...
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Referenced in Hart Crane: An Exegesis (2012) See more »

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Blowing Bubbles
Performed by Paul Whiteman and Orchestra (as Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra)
Written by Raymond Hubbell,R.H. Burnside
Courtesy of Old Time Victrola Music
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Brave Choices, Beautiful Film
21 June 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Just attended the premier of The Broken Tower at the LA Film Festival and, once again, James Franco makes brave choices and produces a beautiful film. The camera work, editing, score, and the actors' performances, sustain a sometimes difficult story with elegance, honesty, and passion.

Set against the backdrop of 1920's New York, Paris, Cuba, and Mexico, The Broken Tower succeeds in merging two disparate art forms, film and poetry, to propel the narrative. There's also a lot of silence in this film where we are allowed to see Crane's world as through his eyes. Elegaic sequences are punctuated with cuts to black and the spare and subtle soundtrack perfectly matches the storytelling.

I admit to knowing nothing about Hart Crane before tonight's screening but I left wanting to read his poems and letters myself.

Thank you, Mr. Franco,

wlm


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