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The Broken Tower -- 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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  (in credits order)

James Franco ... Hart Crane

Michael Shannon ... Emile
Richard Abate ... Father Crane

Betsy Franco ... 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

Vince Jolivette ... American Man in Paris
Fallon Goodsen ... American Woman in Paris
Caroline Aragon ... French Cafe Owner
Sebastian Celis ... Deckhand
Will Rawls ... Factory Worker

Kazy Tauginas ... Boxer
Aztec Musicians Grupo de Danza Azteca Chichimeca Ome Acati ... Musical Group
Alejandro León ... Dancer
Alejandra Sosa del Rio ... Dancer
Cármen Mera ... Dancer / Singer
Gustavo Merino ... Dancer
Natalia Careaga ... Dancer
Rodolfo Libreros ... Dancer
Raúl Contreras López ... Dancer
Anamar Romero ... Dancer / Smoke Handler
José Islas ... Musician
Carlos Moreno ... Musician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kristen Adams ... Secretary
Franck Juste Jr. ... Factory Worker
Gary Abrams ... Angry Boxing Fan (uncredited)
Ira Berkowitz ... Poetry Enthusiast (uncredited)

Laura Burnett ... Poetry Reading Attendant (uncredited)

Christopher J. Domig ... Dancer in Tuxedo (uncredited)

Dave Franco ... Young Hart (uncredited)
Paul Galbraith ... Poetry Enthusiast (uncredited)

David Henry Gerson ... Drunken Cafe Attendant (uncredited)
Sean Patrick Murray ... Movie Theater Attendant (uncredited)
Jeff Petriello ... Sailor (uncredited)
David Rothstadt ... Poetry Reading Attendant (uncredited)

Directed by
James Franco 
Writing credits
James Franco (written by)

Paul Mariani (based on "The Broken Tower" by)

Produced by
Caroline Aragon .... producer
Nicolás Celis .... line producer: additional photography
Monica Hoenig .... line producer
Vince Jolivette .... producer
Miles Levy .... producer
John Morrow .... associate producer
Jeff Most .... executive producer
Jeff Rice .... executive producer
James Franco .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Neil Benezra 
Cinematography by
Christina Voros (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James Franco 
Production Design by
Kristen Adams 
Art Direction by
Eric Morrell 
Costume Design by
Malgosia Turzanska 
Makeup Department
José F. Carillo Serrano .... hair stylist: additional photography
José F. Carillo Serrano .... makeup artist: additional photography
Sarah Hindsgaul .... hair stylist
Sarah Hindsgaul .... makeup artist
Krystal Phillips .... additional stylist
Production Management
Julie Buck .... unit production manager
Peter Cairns .... post-production supervisor
April Shannon .... production manager: additional photography (as April Theresa Shannon)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Caroline Aragon .... first assistant director
Analeine Cal y Mayor .... second assistant director: additional photography
Jacob Kader .... second assistant director (as Jake Kader)
Jeff Petriello .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Olivia Alejandro .... set dresser: additional photography (as Olivia Vega)
Micaela Carolan .... set dresser
Rodrigo Frias .... set dresser: additional photography
Meghan Lyons .... set dresser
Jorge Alejandro Vega .... set dresser: additional photography (as Jorge Vega)
Sound Department
Neil Benezra .... re-recording mixer
Neil Benezra .... sound designer
Neil Benezra .... supervising sound editor
Samuel Kelly Benezra .... foley artist (as Sam Benezra)
Shea Kelly Benezra .... foley artist (as Shea Benezra)
Federico Gonzalkez .... sound recordist: additional photography
Dylan Goodwin .... boom operator
Maciek Hamela .... sound recordist
Alex Noyes .... dialogue editor
Laura Sinnott .... sound recordist
J.R. Skola .... sound recordist
Anthony Viera .... sound recordist
Laura Sinnott .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Gerardo Albarrán .... stunt coordinator: additional photography, Especialistas en Acción (as Gerardo Moreno)
Seth Andrew Bridges .... stunts (as Seth Bridges)
Neimah Djourabchi .... stunts
Tomás Guzmán .... stunt coordinator: additional photography, Especialistas en Acción
Drew Leary .... stunt coordinator
Isidro Mora .... stunt: additional photography, Especialistas en Acción
Brian Morvant .... stunts
Corey Pierno .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Aran .... first assistant camera (as Christopher Aran)
Stratton Bailey .... key grip
Jose Guadalupe Barroso .... electrician: additional photography (as José Guadalupe Barroso)
Peter Cairns .... camera operator: "b" camera
Peter Cairns .... digital imaging technician
Tim Curtin .... swing (as Timothy Curtin)
Alejandro Ferrusquía .... electrician: additional photography
Trevor Fields .... best boy electric
Jason Goodman .... additional camera operator
Jason Goodman .... still photographer
Robert Leitzell .... gaffer (as Rob Leitzell)
Jonathan Leys .... additional camera operator
Jonathan Leys .... camera assistant: additional photography
Beto Muñoz .... gaffer: additional photography
Peter O'Leary .... additional camera operator
Peter O'Leary .... best boy grip
Aileen Taylor .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Analeine Cal y Mayor .... background casting
John Morrow .... background casting
Jeff Petriello .... background casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Boyer .... wardrobe supervisor
Jessica Morales .... wardrobe assistant: additional photography
Abby Walton .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Peter Cairns .... colorist
Kathryn J. Schubert .... assistant editor (as Kathryn Shubert)
Location Management
Adrian Rodriguez .... location manager: additional photography
Jason Kadlec .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Gerard Talbot .... music consultant
Gerard Talbot .... music licensing
Transportation Department
David Barragán .... driver: additional photography
Edgar Canseco .... driver: Mr. Franco, additional photography
Irv Gooch .... picture cars
Paul Rosen .... picture cars
Other crew
Tiffany Boyle .... sales executive
Sebastian Celis .... key production assistant: additional photography
Gustavo Diaz .... caterer: additional photography, Monchis Catering
Peter Flanigan .... legal services
Max Friedlich .... production intern
Samuel Gilroy .... production assistant
Kevin Jacobsen .... production assistant
Alejandro Ju&aacute'rez .... production assistant: additional photography
Chris Laszlo .... production coordinator (as Christopher Laszlo)
Victor Leycegui .... caterer: additional photography, Monchis Catering
Melissa López Portillo .... production assistant: additional photography
Antonio Maceda .... caterer: additional photography, Monchis Catering
Antonin Macé de Lépinay .... historical consultant
Joffrey Monteiro-Noël .... production assistant
Fernando Morales .... production coordinator: additional photography
Jose Luis Perico .... caterer: additional photography, Monchis Catering (as Jose Luis 'Perico')
Elsa Ramo .... financial legal services
Iris Torres .... assistant: Mr. Franco
Carlo Villareal .... production assistant: additional photography
Alissa Ziyad .... production coordinator: additional photography
Janelle Garcia .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Adam W. Rosen .... legal services (uncredited)
Doug Franco .... dedicatee
Paul Mariani .... special thanks
Ken Mate .... special thanks

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Shot in three countries and 30 locations in 15 days.See more »
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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22 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
A Brave Little Film that Finds a New Way of Communicating, 14 February 2012
Author: gradyharp from United States

THE BROKEN TOWER will likely never be on the list of best films made, so why award it five stars? Because this very fine art piece is the result of the devotion of James Franco to his craft. He worked directly with Boston College professor Paul Mariani, the author of a half dozen volumes of poetry, as well as several biographies of 20th-century American poets, including William Carlos Williams, John Berryman, and Robert Lowell: Franco based THE BROKEN TOWER on Mariani's similarly titled 2000 biography of Crane.

The subject of the film is the life and creative genius of Hart Crane, (July 21, 1899 - April 27, 1932) an American poet who found both inspiration and provocation in the poetry of T. S. Eliot, Crane wrote modernist poetry that is difficult, highly stylized, and very ambitious in its scope. In his most ambitious work, The Bridge, Crane sought to write an epic poem in the vein of The Waste Land that expressed something more sincere and optimistic than the ironic despair that Crane found in Eliot's poetry. In the years following his suicide at the age of 32, Crane has come to be seen as one of the most influential poets of his generation.

James Franco wrote the screenplay based on book by Paul Mariani, directed and edited the film and acted the main role of Hart Crane. Crane was a nearly disconsolate man who refused to follow his wealthy father's business, longing instead to be a poet. Born in Ohio he traveled to New York (the place he always considered home), to Cuba, and to Paris searching for his poetic voice. He was a gay man in an era when his lifestyle was always under threat, he had a lover (Vince Jolivette) early on in an affair that was filled with passion, and in his travels he seemed to find his true love in Emile (Michael Shannon) that endured the manic highs and depressive, death-haunted lows that befell this self -destructive visionary poet. He attempted suicide at least once and finally ended his life in a successful suicide at the young age of 32.

Franco breathes life into Hart Crane, offering more understanding of this enigmatic genius than we have ever been afforded. In making the film Franco uses his younger brother Dave Franco to depict the young Hart and selects his small cast wisely. The film is completely in black and white and is in the format of 'Voyages' - each voyage takes us through a distinct part of Hart's life: his gay loves, his poetry readings, his forays to Cuba and to Paris and his lonely hours of sitting before an old typewriter where he created the major epics of poetry that remain some of the finest ever written by an American poet.

The film is choppy, not unlike the manner in which Hart's mind worked in bits and pieces, always immersed in thoughts of the sea, the labor of common man, of the Brooklyn Bridge which would play the major role in his most famous epic poem THE BRIDGE, and of the fellow artists whose work he so admired. There is a strange musical score (the work of Neil Benezra) which is long on choral chanting, and a quality of gritty cinematography achieved by Christiana Vorn. The technique of the making of this film matches the vision of James Franco in continuing to visit the lives of isolated geniuses. The dialogue, what little there is, is Crane's poetry as spoken by Franco.

For many this film will seem self-indulgent on Franco's part. And perhaps it partially is. But the flavor of this gay American poet of the 1920s and the reflections of America at that time ring true. THE BROKEN TOWER is not a biopic of Hart Crane. It is an elegy.

Grady Harp

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