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The Broken Tower -- From Focus World and director/star James Franco, the story of Hart Crane, a defining voice in 20th Century American poetry, who lived with as much passion as he did turmoil, from his early life to his journeys across the world.
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
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 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 .... sound designer
Neil Benezra .... sound re-recording mixer
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
Rob Leitzell .... gaffer
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)
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
Christopher Laszlo .... production coordinator
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
Adrian Rodriguez .... location manager: additional photography
Iris Torres .... assistant: Mr. Franco
Carlo Villareal .... production assistant: additional photography
Alissa Ziyad .... production coordinator: additional photography
Janelle Garcia .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Jason Kadlec .... location manager (uncredited)
Adam W. Rosen .... legal services (uncredited)
Doug Franco .... dedicatee
Paul Mariani .... special thanks
Ken Mate .... special thanks

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USA:99 min
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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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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
James Franco's impression of what Hart Crane was like, 6 April 2012
Author: jm10701 from United States

I must confess that I bought The Broken Tower for the wrong reason, because I read that James Franco did something in it that gay men do all the time but non-porn actors NEVER do on film, even openly gay actors in flagrantly gay movies. That bit was kind of a bust, but I ended up liking the movie anyway, for less sleazy reasons.

I know next to nothing about Hart Crane, and I don't know a lot more after having watched this movie. It's not a biography by any means. My best guess would be that it's James Franco's impression of what Crane was like, and that's what makes it interesting.

It's oddly directed, with very many long, hand-held, extreme closeups, filmed from about chest-level, of Franco (as Crane) walking the streets of various cities, usually looking up from just under his chin, but sometimes looking at the back of his head. That motif repeats often.

At least 70% of the spoken lines in the movie are Franco (always as Crane) reading Crane's poetry: one long scene reciting to an audience in a formal setting, and much poetry read as a sort of narration as various events unfold on screen. This movie definitely is not for people who hate poetry - Crane's poetry in particular.

It's definitely not for people who need action, romance, likable characters, or a clear story line in movies. It's for people who can sit through a 108-minute experimental movie without any particular expectation as to what it's going to be like.

It's for people who appreciate enthusiasm and passion in artists (I'm talking mainly about Franco, but it applies to Crane too, I suppose) even if the result is not particularly coherent. It's obvious that this was a labor of love for Franco, and that more than anything else is what makes it interesting.

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