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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
Gary Abrams ... Angry Boxing Fan (uncredited)
Ira Berkowitz ... Poetry Enthusiast (uncredited)

Laura Burnett ... Poetry Reading Attendant (uncredited)

Christopher J. Domig ... Dancer in Tuxedo (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)
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Directed by
James Franco 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Franco  written by
Paul Mariani  book "The Broken Tower"

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
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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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 »
Gorham Munson:Hart, forgive me for saying this. But you want to speak for America.
Hart Crane:Yeah.
Gorham Munson:Does it matter that you're queer?
Hart Crane:[Annoyed, rolls eyes] Whitman was queer. That's why he could love *all* of America. The roustabouts. The slaves. The, the soldiers he nursed in the Civil War.
Gorham Munson:So you will expose yourself?
Hart Crane:It's funny, considering my truckdriver left me. No. People can know everything about us when we're dead. But for now, it's better to keep quiet. For father's sake.
Gorham Munson:[sarcastically] Right. You wouldn't want to lose that tremendous job for the sake of some queer affirmation.
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45 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Brave Choices, Beautiful Film, 21 June 2011
Author: Paul Asplund & Karl Dunn from Los Angeles

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,


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