The Broken Tower

January 3rd, 2011


The Broken Tower

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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.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 5.9/10 (303 voted)

Director: James Franco

Stars: James Franco, Michael Shannon, Stacey Miller

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.

Writers: James Franco, Paul L. Mariani

James Franco - Hart Crane
Michael Shannon - Emile
Stacey Miller - Peggy Cowley
Vince Jolivette -
Betsy Franco - Grace Crane
Dave Franco - Young Hart Crane
David Rothstadt - Poetry Reading Attendant
David Gerson - Drunken cafe attendant
Dylan Goodwin - Young Truck Driver
Sean Patrick Murray - Movie Theater Attendant

Taglines: The Truth is Indecent.

Release Date: 3 Jan 2011

Filming Locations: New York, USA

Did You Know?

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.

User Review

Brave Choices, Beautiful Film

Rating: 7/10

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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