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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.

Director:

James Franco

Writers:

James Franco, Paul Mariani (based on "The Broken Tower" by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Hart Crane
Michael Shannon ... Emile
Richard Abate Richard Abate ... Father Crane
Betsy Franco ... Mother Crane
Paul Mariani Paul Mariani ... Alfred Stieglitz
Shandor Garrison Shandor Garrison ... Gorham Munson
Stacey Miller Stacey Miller ... Mrs. Cowley
Dylan Goodwin Dylan Goodwin ... Young Truck Driver
John Morrow John Morrow ... Young Sailor
Ivo Juhani Ivo Juhani ... French Man in Library
Vince Jolivette Vince Jolivette ... American Man in Paris
Fallon Goodsen Fallon Goodsen ... American Woman in Paris
Caroline Aragon Caroline Aragon ... French Cafe Owner
Sebastian Celis Sebastian Celis ... Deckhand
Will Rawls 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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The Truth is Indecent.


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Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Torre Quebrada See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Hart Crane: An Exegesis (2012) See more »

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The Brooklyn Bridge
Written and Performed by Neil Benezra
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A very artsy film
24 September 2014 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the life of an American homosexual poet named Hart, who died of suicide by jumping off a sailing army ship.

"The Broken Tower" is shot in black and white. It is a tell tale sign that it is a very artsy movie that has no commercial elements at all. I tried very hard to enjoy it, trying to appreciate the slowness of the pace, and trying to enjoy the beauty of the literature reading. However, there is really very little plot in the film, and the story is told in a very scattered manner. For every 30 seconds of plot, there are five minutes of self indulgent filler scenes. I got quite tired of watching James Franco walking around or sitting around. We also see a lot of Hart's sexual liaisons, ranging from walking up the stairs with another man, to apparently non-simulated oral sex.

After watching the whole film, I did not gain an insight into Hart's life, but rather it felt more like a project for James Franco to expose the exploration his sexuality.


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