The Broken Tower

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The Broken Tower is a 2011 American black-and-white docudrama directed by James Franco. The film is about American poet Hart Crane, who committed suicide in April 1932 at the age of 32 by jumping off the steamship SS Orizaba. Franco appears in the starring role and edited, co-produced, and wrote the screenplay. Michael Shannon also stars in the 90-minute film.

  1. James Franco

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Paul L. Mariani


  3. Paul Mariani


Top Billed Cast

  1. James Franco

    James Franco

    Hart Crane

  2. Stacey Miller

    Stacey Miller

    Peggy Cowley

  3. Vince Jolivette

    Vince Jolivette

  4. BF

    Betsy Franco

    Grace Crane

  5. Dave Franco

    Dave Franco

    Young Hart Crane

  6. DR

    David Rothstadt

    Poetry Reading Attendant

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Status Rumored

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 39m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • June 20, 2011



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A review by Kenneth Axel Carlsson

By Kenneth Axel Carlsson

This movie is about the life and death of the poet, Hart Crane (James Franco). It details his life, working for his father, trying to find time for his poetry, but also about his love life as a gay man.

It is actually a very straightfoward movie, shot chronological, but does have some elements of poetry in the images as well (especially in the beginning of the movie), although not as much as I would have loved. The images themselves are mostly black and white, made with a handheld camera that makes the images very lively and nervous. These are good choices for a movie of this character. It h... read the rest.

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