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Mexican beauty Camilla hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini, a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm.

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Hellfrick
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Mrs. Hargraves
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Vera Rivkin
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Solomon
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Columbia Sweeper
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Filipino Houseboy
Donna Mosley ...
Red Headed Girl
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Harold the Bartender
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Denver Librarian
Wayne Harrison ...
Heilman
Yasuhiro Yoshimura ...
Japanese Vegetable Man (as Yoshimura Yasuhiro)
Sid ...
Willie the Dog
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L.A. in the early 1930's: racism, poverty, and disease color the Bunker Hill neighborhood where Arturo Bandini, a lover of men and beasts alike, has arrived from Colorado to write the great Los Angeles novel. After six months and down to his last nickel, he orders a cup of coffee, served by Camilla Lopez, beautiful, self-possessed, and Mexican. Arturo gets advice, encouragement, and an occasional check from H.L. Mencken, so he keeps writing and he keeps seeing Camilla. But, he's mean to her for no apparent reason, so the relationship sputters. A housekeeper from back East suggests a way out of his jealously and fears. "Camilla Bandini": is it in the cards? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Passion and ambition drive two dreamers in 1930s LA. Their love affair is ferocious and hot-blooded as they fight the city and themselves to make their dreams come true.

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Rated R for some sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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13 April 2006 (Thailand)  »

Also Known As:

Pregúntale al viento  »

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$34,665 (Brazil) (9 June 2006)

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$34,665 (Brazil) (9 June 2006)
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Colin Farrell admitted to romantically pursuing Eileen Atkins on set despite their 42 year age difference. She turned him down. See more »

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[last lines]
Arturo Bandini: When I was a kid, back in Colorado, it was Smith, Parker and Jones who hurt me with their hideous names. Who called me wop and dago and greaser, and their children hurt me. Just as I hurt you. They hurt me so much, I could never become one of them. Drove me to books, drove me within myself. Drove me to run away from that town in Colorado, into your home and into your life. And sometimes, when I see their faces out here, the same faces, the same sad, hard mouths from my hometown. I'm...
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Gloomy Sunday
Written by László Jávor, Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis) & Rezsö Seress
Performed by Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
Courtesy of Bluebird/Novus/RCA Victor
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Wandering dust
27 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that demonstrates that mood and music and texture aren't enough to make a good film. Sure, the viewer is treated to numerous fine scenes of Los Angeles in the thirties--I especially liked the view of the trolley approaching the tunnel, and the tram rising up the hillside--but in a sense this fine cinematography is self-defeating, because it creates a mood that "something's going to happen"--and nothing does. The script too keeps feinting toward some plot or action or trauma--and time after time not delivering. Not even delivering the (I assume) theme of the movie, the characters' essential misfit. The lead actors, both too pretty for their roles, didn't convey any repression or agony, and the script didn't expose us to any.

Now, Donald Sutherland? That's another story. His character was so well fashioned, so perfectly played, that I wanted the camera to follow him.


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