Broken Tower
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From Focus World and director/star James Franco, a film about visionary poet Hart Crane, who lived a life of beauty, passion, and tragedy. Hart Crane was one of the most important voices in American poetry - but lived a life with as much turmoil as passion. From his early life to his journeys from New York, Cuba, and Paris, Crane's story and that of the loves that defined him is told with imaginative empathy, and with a no holds barred performance - in a film as introspective, rebellious, heartbreaking, and honest as Crane himself. -- (C) Focus World

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You should be prepared for some high-minded pretension, lots of self-consciously arty shots, and long stretches of apparently profound nothingness."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"It's a pensive and heartfelt movie, assuming that you let yourself get caught up in its moody-minimalist, more-visual-than-verbal style."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Ah, James Franco: actor, director, writer, conceptual artist, soap opera star! What can't he do? Answer: Make a cohesive, coherent film about a great American writer."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The technique - and this movie is about nothing if not technique, both Crane's and the filmmaker's - isn't particularly successful."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"The Broken Tower feels unique as a young man's tribute to an adventuresome, doomed soul."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"James Franco's film is tonally flat and a little too impressed with its own elliptical construction."
‑ Matthew Connolly, Slant Magazine
"Despite earnest attempts, Mr. Franco can't bring the fervency of Crane's poetry to life in the extensive recitations."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Sincere, amateurish, and misguided."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
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