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Ask the Dust -- In the Robert Towne-directed adaptation of John Fante's Depression Era novel, Hayek will play the fiery Mexican beauty Camilla who hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini (Farrell), a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm.
Ask the Dust -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Robert Towne (screenplay)
John Fante (novel)
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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.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Colin Farrell ... Arturo Bandini

Salma Hayek ... Camilla

Donald Sutherland ... Hellfrick

Eileen Atkins ... Mrs. Hargraves

Idina Menzel ... Vera Rivkin

Justin Kirk ... Sammy

Jeremy Crutchley ... Solomon
Ronald France ... Columbia Sweeper

Dion Basco ... Filipino Houseboy
Donna Mosley ... Red Headed Girl
Paul Rylander ... Harold the Bartender
Natasha Staples ... Denver Librarian
Wayne Harrison ... Heilman
Yasuhiro Yoshimura ... Japanese Vegetable Man (as Yoshimura Yasuhiro)
Sid ... Willie the Dog
Danny ... Willie the Dog

Richard Schickel ... H. L. Mencken (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Hughes ... Worker (uncredited)

Tamara Marie Watson ... Sally (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Towne 
Writing credits
Robert Towne (screenplay)

John Fante (novel)

Produced by
Tom Cruise .... producer
Don Granger .... producer
Andreas Grosch .... executive producer (as Andy Grosch)
Galit Hakmon McCord .... co-producer
Genevieve Hofmeyr .... production executive
Kia Jam .... co-producer
Jonas McCord .... producer
Redmond Morris .... executive producer
Chris Roberts .... executive producer
Mark Roemmich .... executive producer
Andreas Schmid .... executive producer
David Selvan .... executive producer
Paula Wagner .... producer
Original Music by
Ramin Djawadi 
Heitor Pereira 
Cinematography by
Caleb Deschanel 
Film Editing by
Robert K. Lambert 
Casting by
Bob Knotek 
Hank McCann 
Production Design by
Dennis Gassner 
Art Direction by
Tom Hannam 
Richard L. Johnson (supervising art director) (as Richard Johnson)
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
Makeup Department
Beatrice De Alba .... personal hair stylist: Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell, additional photography
Sue Michael .... makeup artist
Colin Polson .... hair stylist
Gale Shepherd .... daily makeup artist
Loulia Sheppard .... chief hair stylist (as Lou Sheppard)
Jenny Shircore .... hair designer
Jenny Shircore .... makeup designer
Daleen Badenhorst .... prosthetics assistant (uncredited)
Production Management
Arie Bohrer .... production supervisor: VIP Medienfonds
Debbi Bossi .... post-production supervisor
Kerstin Dyroff .... production manager: VIP Medienfonds
Alan Shearer .... unit production manager
Lester Sweetman .... unit manager: base camp
Beetle Van Graan .... unit manager
Patricia Wheeler .... production manager: South Africa
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nick Dunn .... third assistant director
Tommy Gormley .... first assistant director
Will McDonagh .... second second assistant director
Eric A. Pot .... second assistant director: US (as Eric Pot)
Sarah Purser .... second assistant director
Benjamin Rosenberg .... first assistant director: US
Art Department
Paige Augustine .... assistant set decorator
David Bastiaans .... construction foreperson (as Dave Bastiaans)
Jerry Bingham .... title art
Micheal Brennan .... stand-by set dresser
Terence Chicken .... lead greensperson
Antony Cousins .... lead construction buyer
Chris Cummings .... art department coordinator: US
Cosmas A. Demetriou .... set designer
Lyall Gardiner .... hod stagehand
Warren Gray .... fabricator
Ted Haigh .... graphic designer
Michael Hyman .... scenic foreman
Noelle King .... set designer
Louise Martin .... art department coordinator
Andrew McCarthy .... set dressing carpenter
John Moolenschot .... carpenter
Andrew Orlando .... assistant property master
Hope M. Parrish .... property master (as Hope Parrish)
Sara Philpott .... set dressing coordinator
Clive Pollick .... construction manager
Jon Poole .... lead fabricator
Gordon Russell .... construction lead hand
Paul Rylander .... on-set props
Elaine Seidel .... set finisher
Patte Strong-Lord .... set designer (as Patte Shibata Strong)
Surisa Surisa .... set dresser
Liz van den Berg .... scenic artist (as Lizzie van den Berg)
Erica Van Den Raad .... construction pa
Vosloo Van Der Merwe .... carpenter
Suzan Wexler .... set designer
Alex Wheeler .... red car manufacturer
Darrell L. Wight .... set designer
John Chichester .... set designer (uncredited)
Stefan Dechant .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Kevin Fraser .... set finisher (uncredited)
Scott Owen .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Babcock .... sound effects editor
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Peter Bergren .... sound effects recordist
Thom Brennan .... assistant sound editor
Chris Carpenter .... supervising sound mixer
Joe Dorn .... supervising adr editor
John P. Fasal .... sound effects recordist (as John Fasal)
Lee Gilmore .... sound effects recordist
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Scott Hecker .... supervising sound editor (as Scott A. Hecker)
Jurgen Human .... boom operator
Elizabeth Kenton .... dialogue editor
Andy Koyama .... supervising sound mixer
Nico Louw .... sound mixer
Bernard Marcus .... boom operator
Bill Meadows .... sound recordist
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Eric A. Norris .... sound effects editor
Mark Pappas .... foley editor
Roy Seeger .... assistant sound editor
Randy Singer .... foley mixer (as Randy K. Singer)
Greg ten Bosch .... assistant sound editor
Nick Towne .... adr consultant
Jerome Williams .... cable person
Eric Taylor Williamson .... adr recordist
Byron Wilson .... dialogue editor
John Clavin .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Kevin Adcock .... special effects coordinator
August Coleman .... paint/roto artist
Doug Hardy .... special effects foreperson: alien sequence
Adam Horton .... special effects
Tyrell Kemlo .... special effects technician
Cordell McQueen .... special effects supervisor
John K. Stirber .... special effects supervisor (as John Stirber)
Anton Voster .... special effects assistant
Kevin Pike .... special effects supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Neil Atkins .... CG supervisor: Double Edge Digital
Shawn Booth .... visual effects editor
Kevin Braun .... digital optical supervisor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Nicholas Caramonta .... compositor
Kay Chan .... rotoscoper: Double Edge Digital
Albert Chang .... 3D modeler: Double Edge Digital
Sarah Chang .... rotoscoper: Double Edge Digital
Roger Chao .... lead modeler: Double Edge Digital
Gary Chen .... rotoscoper: Double Edge Digital
Thomas Clary .... digital optical coordinator: Pacific Title & Art Studio (as Tom Clary)
Bill Coffin .... Inferno artist: Post Logic Studios
Robert Cribbett .... compositing supervisor: main titles, yU+Co
Dominic Daigle .... digital artist
Alan De Castro .... digital optical artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio
David Drzewiecki .... visual effects supervisor
Emily Fenster .... associate visual effects producer: Pacific Title & Art Studio
John Follmer .... visual effects executive producer: Double Edge Digital
Diego Galtieri .... compositor: Double Edge Digital
David Geoghegan .... digital optical artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Buddy Gheen .... compositing supervisor
Brian Hanable .... digital effects compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Dark Hoffman .... matte painter: Double Edge Digital
Phillip Hoffman .... visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Bill Holloway .... visual effects compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Matthew W. Johnson .... iq artist
Josh Kent .... 3D artist: Lola Visual Effects
Richard Kidd .... visual effects supervisor: Double Edge Digital
Robyn Marie Kralik .... compositor: Double Edge Digital (as Robyn Kralik)
Wing Kwok .... rotoscoper: Double Edge Digital
Keith Lackey .... technical supervisor: Double Edge Digital
David Lam .... 3D modeler: Double Edge Digital (as David Lam)
Ladd Lanford .... visual effects producer: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Chui Lee .... 3D texturer: Double Edge Digital
Michael Lloyd .... matte painter: Double Edge Digital
Andrew Midgley .... visual effects producer: Double Edge Digital
Robert W. Morgenroth .... visual effects producer: Double Edge Digital (as Robert Morgenroth)
Thomas Nittmann .... visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects
Brian Nugent .... 3D artist: Lola Visual Effects
Chris Patrick O'Connell .... 3D modeler: Double Edge Digital (as Chris O'Connell)
Patrick Phillips .... visual effects compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Steve Porter .... digital manager: Double Edge Digital
Ryan Reeb .... lead tracker: Double Edge Digital
James Rim .... digital optical artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio (as James Chui Rim)
Arthur Sarkisian .... 3D lighter: Double Edge Digital
Robert Scifo .... matte painter: Double Edge Digital
Christian Severin .... visual effects
Neil Simpson .... visual effects artist: Condor Post Cape Town
Matthew Desmond Smith .... visual effects artist: Condor Post Cape Town
David Sosalla .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Bill Spradlin .... digital effects artist
Colin Strause .... 3D technical supervisor: Lola Visual Effects
Greg Strause .... visual effects supervisor: Lola Visual Effects
Panat Thamrongsombutsakul .... 3D tracker: Double Edge Digital
Jamie Venable .... visual effects executive producer: Svengali Visual Effects
Heiko von Fintel .... visual effects artist: Condor Post Cape Town
Edson Williams .... lead Inferno artist: Lola Visual Effects
Loeng Wong-Savun .... visual effects artist
Steve Woo .... visual effects operations manager: Double Edge Digital
Kevin W. Wright .... digital optical coordinator: Pacific Title & Art Studio (as Kevin Wright)
Tom Yeh .... 3D modeler: Double Edge Digital
Francis Yu .... digital optical artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio (as Francis C. Yu)
Chih-Min Chang .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Sarah Coatts .... visual effects producer: main title sequence (uncredited)
Jesse Rapczak .... previz artist (uncredited)
Daryl Andrews .... stunt performer
Dermot Brogan .... stunt performer
Kerry Gregg .... stunt performer
Dan Hirst .... stunt double: Justin Kirk
Dan Hirst .... stunt performer
Grant Hulley .... stunt coordinator
Jake Mervine .... stunt performer
John Smith .... stunt performer
Franz Spilhaus .... stunt performer (as Frans Spilhaus)
Janine Wyatt-Mair .... stunt performer
Francois Grobbelaar .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Darren Bailey .... remote camera technician
Neil Baillie .... second assistant camera
Alan Barnes .... chief rigging electrician
Peter Belcher .... second camera operator
David Bloomer .... still photographer
Jan Bosch .... electrician
Trevor Michael Brown .... additional camera operator
Greg Cameron .... rigging grip: first company
Pete Cavaciuti .... Steadicam operator (as Peter Cavaciuti)
Pete Cavaciuti .... camera operator (as Peter Cavaciuti)
Michael Corker .... film loader
Bernett de Wet .... rigging electrician (as Bernie De Wet)
Daniel Du Toit .... first assistant camera (as Dabie Du Toit)
Anthony English .... video assist operator
Robert Fischer .... grip: second company (as Rob Fischer)
Vincent Fletcher .... chief lighting technician
Allan Gray .... grip
Jean-Pierre Hankins .... rigging electrician (as JP Hankins)
Mark Hardy .... grip
Norbert Kitshoff .... remote camera technician
Brett Lamerton .... rigging grip: second company
Riyaad Majiet .... grip
Brett McDowell .... grip
Guy Micheletti .... dolly grip
Guy Micheletti .... key grip
Ernest Mtshakazana .... rigging grip: second company (as Ernst Mtshakazana)
Gavin Nel .... rigging electrician
Lourence Nepfumbada .... grip (as Lawrence Nepfumbada)
Bruce Olinder .... chief lighting technician: second unit
Justin Paterson .... electrician (as Justin Patterson)
Sean Rau .... second assistant camera
Gilliam Schoombee .... electrician
Wayne Shields .... assistant chief lighting technician
Stephen Vaughan .... special photography
Gareth Viner .... grip
Adi Visser .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Animation Department
Sanit Lin .... 3D animator: Double Edge Digital
Tal Peleg .... 3D animator: Double Edge Digital
Casting Department
Monique Bezuidenhout .... casting assistant
Chris Bustard .... extras casting: additional photography
Ana Feyder .... casting associate: South Africa
Celestia Fox .... casting associate: UK
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Jackie Mayou .... extras casting
Hank McCann .... casting: US
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rick de Souza .... costumer
Susan Hall .... assistant costume designer
Jacomina Jankowitz .... costumer
Neil McClean .... costumer
Moira Anne Meyer .... costume supervisor (as Moira Meyer)
Widaad Williams .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Mark Bourgeois .... associate editor
Darwin Green .... post-production assistant
Laurence Johnson .... post-production assistant (as Lawrence Johnson)
Pamela March .... associate editor
Bryan McMahan .... digital colorist: Post Logic Studios
Ryan Michael Miller .... pre-visualization editor: yU+co
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Nelson-Fraser)
Jim Passon .... color timer
Nicci Van Niekerk .... associate editor
Location Management
Robert Bentley .... location manager
Katy Fyfe .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Slamm Andrews .... score mixer
Slamm Andrews .... score recordist
Jeffrey Biggers .... assistant score engineer (as Jeff Biggers)
Sally Boldt .... music editor
Emir Isilay .... score technical assistant
Steven Kofsky .... music production services
Sandrine Pecher .... score technical advisor
Greg Vines .... assistant score engineer
Hans Zimmer .... score producer
Dick Bernstein .... temp music editor (uncredited)
Julie Sessing .... music clearance (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Glasscoe .... action vehicle coordinator
Peta Lawrence .... driver: cast
Bizeki Magwanda .... driver: Robert Towne
Vincent Ndikumana .... driver: Robert Towne
Brad Saunders .... transportation captain
Charlie Sperring .... cast assistant/driver
Bradley Sweetman .... transportation coordinator
Lester Sweetman .... base camp captain
Other crew
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Charles Bazaldua .... adr loop group
Bouchra Bendanna .... production assistant
Keah Bews .... production coordinator
Charlie Bolwell .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Paul Brassell .... unit assistant
Philippa Bresler .... assistant: Robert Towne
Jeff Buitenveld .... assistant: Don Granger
Archie Casson .... assistant accountant
Catherine Charlton .... dialect coach: Mr. Farrell
Karissa Corday .... adr loop group
Grace Dames .... assistant accountant
Vicki Davis .... adr loop group (as Vickie Davis)
John DeMita .... adr loop group
Kira Dominguez .... assistant: Salma Hayek (as Kira Dominquez)
Judi M. Durand .... adr loop group (as Judi Durand)
Claudine Farrell .... assistant: Colin Farrell
Jeff Fischer .... adr loop group (as Jeffrey Todd Fischer)
Nick Fischer .... assistant: Chris Roberts
Ortwin Freyermuth .... legal services: Freyermuth & Associates
Brian Gibbs .... supervising production accountant (as Brian L. Gibbs)
Anneliese Goldman .... adr loop group (as Anneliese Goldmann)
Joanne Goldstone .... production accountant
Gina Goosen .... assistant: Redmond Morris
Lathiem Groenmeyer .... IT coordinator
Sissy Grover .... production coordinator
Nicole Haeussermann .... production coordinator: Ascendant Pictures
Andy Hirsch .... adr loop group
Genevieve Hofmeyr .... executive: Moonlighting Films
Leah Holmes .... accountant: US
Gerhard Jakubowski .... production executive
Sally Jones .... script supervisor
Sheila Kerrigan .... assistant: Christopher Eberts
Elliott Kleinberg .... legal services: Kleinberg Lope Lange Cuddy & Edel
Daamen J. Krall .... adr loop group (as Daamen Krall)
Marsha Kramer .... adr loop group
Carlos Lacamara .... adr loop group
Liesl Lategan .... production assistant
M.J. Magbanua .... unit publicist
Myrto Makrides .... assistant script supervisor
Asal Masomi .... publicist
Yuki Matsuzaki .... adr loop group
Jeremy Maxwell .... adr loop group
Carri McClure .... agency publicist
David Michie .... adr loop group
Darren Miller .... executive: Cruise/Wagner
Ryan Michael Miller .... title sequence: yU+co.
Pieka Moolman .... assistant production coordinator
Michael S. Murphey .... film finances representative
Eva Neufahrt .... controller: VIO Mediendonds (as Eva-Marie Neufahrt)
Berit Norrenberg .... legal counsel: VIP Meidenfonds (as Berit Wetzel)
Andy Novak .... production assistant: additional photography
Leah Palen .... production coordinator: USA
Iain Patton .... production assistant
Noreen Reardon .... adr loop group
Ryan Robertson .... main title producer
Dezi Rorich .... unit publicist
Arik Ruchim .... assistant: Paula Wagner
Stelio Savante .... adr loop group
John Schimmel .... president of production: Ascendant Pictures
Garth Scholtz .... production assistant
Vernon Scott .... adr loop group
Claudia Sendlbeck-Schickor .... tax advisor: McDermott Will & Emery
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Mpumi Simayile .... assistant accountant (as Mpumi Sima Yile)
Brandon Starler .... adr loop group
Booboo Stewart .... adr loop group
Andrew Strachan .... production secretary
Luke Summers .... medic
Yutaka Takeuchi .... adr loop group
Jodi Tripi .... rights and clearances
Marcelleno Trout .... production assistant
Tom Udell .... accountant: US
Patti Vailati .... publicist
J.P. van der Merwe .... extras coordinator
Christine Vienna .... assistant to executive producer
Jeremy Wall .... production finance consultant
Andreana Weiner .... adr loop group
Laura Wilcox .... assistant accountant (as Laura Willcox)
Trish Wylie .... production coordinator: pre-production
Jeff Yana .... systems administrator
Garson Yu .... title designer
Ruth Zalduondo .... adr loop group
Dede Allen .... thanks
Warren Beatty .... thanks
Robbie Robertson .... thanks

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Rated R for some sexuality, nudity and language
117 min
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The rights to the novel once belonged to Mel Brooks. However, the rights had lapsed.See more »
Camilla:Look at the fog.
Arturo Bandini:An army of ghosts crawling on thier bellies.
Camilla:What are you talking about?
Arturo Bandini:The fogbank. It creeps in and hugs the water.
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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful Looking Depression Era L.A. Hosts Ethnic Clashing American Dreams and Sexy Romance, 20 March 2006
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Ask the Dust" has excellent elements that almost come together as a whole.

Like "End of the Affair" and "The White Countess", it surrounds a fraught love affair with exquisite looking period recreation that almost sucks the life out of it. (As with those films, the senior citizens at my matinée really enjoyed the period aspect.) Set in a sepia-tinged Depression-era Los Angeles of polluted palm trees, it is populated equally by youthful blond California girls and boys and old people at the end of the continent and their lines, as symbolized by Donald Sutherland's begging boarding house neighbor, like a ghost from his role in "The Day of the Locust".

What saves the film is the frank dialog and odd sparks between Colin Farrell, as repressed Italian-American writer from Colorado, novelist John Fante's alter ego with the even more ethnically redolent name of "Arturo Bandini", and Salma Hayak as a non-stereotyped Mexican spitfire "Camilla Lopez". Their repartee about their biases is raw and fresh.

Significantly, they are not the usual naive teen lovers, but are adults with mileage who are striving to change the trajectory of their lives. In this discrimination-filled, pre-celebration of the melting pot/rainbow environment (heavy-handedly demonstrated such as by their viewing Ruby Keeler's famous line from "Dames" "I'm free, white, and 21."), both are trying to make it in a specific image of the American Dream, a non-ethnic one, though we hear very little about their own sense of their ethnic identity. She is even dating a nasty guy named White in the vain hope of obtaining a green card and citizenship.

Hayak's character is the easier to understand, as we see her exuberate in vibrant blue moonlight when she feels free with him, especially in vivid ocean scenes (she is absolutely stunning swimming naked), and then in bright light at a seashore idyll. This gorgeous scene gives "From Here to Eternity" a run for its money as the sexiest crashing of waves coupling in the movies. Though after all her sexually aggressive seduction efforts, their lovemaking is lit beautifully in the dark but conventionally choreographed as I expected her to demand more equality in bed. But then she's already started coughing with Movie Star Disease, even if it's explained more in the plot than usual.

Even with his constant florid more than bordering on pretentious narration, sometimes in an exaggerated lower register, of his writing efforts (with the usual scenes of paper being ripped out a manual typewriter as he receives encouragement from H. L. Mencken) that doesn't really thematically integrate into the film until the end, it is harder to understand why it takes so long to get his uptight clothes off despite many importunings. There is an unusually sweet flirtation over literacy, but it seemed more like condescension on his part, especially to help her get citizenship, than sharing with her his love of words. The non-narrated scenes are a relief and are beautiful to look at, as the cinematography of Caleb Deschanel (dad of actresses Zoey and Emily) is consistently lovely.

But then Farrell is surrounded by eccentric characters who are all hiding emotional or physical scars until he can face up to his own to find his real writer's voice. Idina Menzel's "Vera Rifkin" is a well-educated Jewish housekeeper whose California dreams (or borderline crazed fantasies) are for some reason now focused on being a writer's muse.

Surprisingly, there is very little period music, maybe for budget reasons. A prominent and excellent selection is Artie Shaw's version of "Gloomy Sunday" which has its own legend of love and death. The score is sometimes intrusive and not as evocative of the clashing ethnic traditions as it could have been.

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