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The Broken Tower (2011)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 20 June 2011 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hart Crane
... Emile
Richard Abate ... Father Crane
... 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
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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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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...
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Referenced in Hart Crane: An Exegesis (2012) See more »

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Bolero
Performed by Boston Symphony Orchestra (as The Boston Symphony) & Charles Münch (as Charles Munch)
Written by Maurice Ravel
Courtesy of White Beetle Ltd.
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A drag
6 August 2013 | by 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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