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Ask the Dust (2006)

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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Mrs. Hargraves
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Solomon
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Harold the Bartender
Natasha Staples ...
Denver Librarian
Wayne Harrison ...
Heilman
Yasuhiro Yoshimura ...
Japanese Vegetable Man (as Yoshimura Yasuhiro)
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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)  »

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Pregúntale al viento  »

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$68,779 (USA) (10 March 2006)

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$742,614 (USA) (12 May 2006)
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Willie the Dog is played by Danny Finn, whose owner had to stand in for the film company's dog-handler, who could not get Danny pay attention. (Danny is not a professional actor.) See more »

Quotes

Arturo Bandini: Take a look in the mirror.
Camilla: I don't want to look in the mirror.
Arturo Bandini: I don't blame you.
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References Dames (1934) See more »

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Gloomy Sunday
by László Jávor (as Laszlo Javor), Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis) & Rezsö Seress (as Rezso Seress)
Performed by Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
Courtesy of Bluebird/Novus/RCA Victor
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Atmospheric Look at an Era
9 November 2008 | by (Annapolis, Maryland) – See all my reviews

This film is an intriguing modern-day film noir that catches your interest and holds it from beginning to the end. It takes place in Depression era Los Angeles - the perfect place for lost souls. Arturo and Camilla - beautifully played by Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek - are young and intelligent but victims of clearly outspoken prejudice against their family heritages; his being Italian and hers being Mexican. One of the incredible ironies of the open prejudice of the times is that Arturo and Camilla, even though very much attracted to each other, act in prejudicial ways against each other. It becomes clear early on that these expressions of dislike hide the passion simmering beneath the surface. That passion forms the crux of the story.

In the classic noir style, Arturo is a budding writer who has traveled to California to seek his fortune and there are many scenes showing him beating away at his typewriter in an effort to forge a great American tale. Farrell does an excellent job at showing both the innocent and not-so-innocent, shy and bravado sides of Arturo's personality.

The ever so beautiful Hayek is perfect as the Mexican girl who wants to become "respectable" by marrying an Anglo. Unfortunately, she falls for Arturo - an Italian and definitely not "respectable" in the United States of that time.

Ask the Dust is more than just a delicious love story of two beautiful, passionate people. It is also a well-produced, atmospheric look at an era in which the world was all too quick to condemn because of genetic heritage.


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