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Ask the Dust [DVD] [English] [2006]

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Special Features

  • Commentary by Director Robert Towne and Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel
  • The making of Ask the Dust
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Closed Captioned


Ask the Dust
Adapted from a novel by John Fante, Robert Towne's Ask the Dust stars Colin Farrell as Arturo Bandini, a young writer who comes to Los Angeles during the Great Depression in order to write a novel. As the film opens, he is down to his last nickel and decides to spend it on coffee in a diner. He is served by Camilla (Salma Hayek), a Mexican beauty he is instantly attracted to even though he treats her horribly during their first interaction. Soon the pair is involved in a relationship that finds them sparring with each other at first, but slowly learning to trust each other. Bandini meets the acquaintance of a desperate woman who sees him as the most desirable man in the world. Eventually Arturo and Camilla get away from the city and their love deepens as he attempts to finish his novel. Donald Sutherland co-stars as a seedy but helpful and loyal neighbor. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Colin Farrell
    Colin Farrell - Arturo Bandini
  • Salma Hayek
    Salma Hayek - Camilla
  • Donald Sutherland
    Donald Sutherland - Hellfrick
  • Eileen Atkins
    Eileen Atkins - Mrs. Hargraves
  • Idina Menzel
    Idina Menzel - Vera Rivkin
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