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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
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Ivo Juhani ...
French Man in Library
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American Man in Paris
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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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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: 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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The Taffy Bag
Performed by The High Toppers
Published by John Sansome Music (SESAC)
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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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