Academy Award-winner Robert Towne writes and directs Ask the Dust, set under the brutally sunny skies of Depression-era Los Angeles. Based on novelist John Fante’s masterpiece, Towne’s interpretation of Ask the Dust focuses on a city exotic and vulgar, glamorous and raunchy – a place of heat and dust. Full of imports – palm trees from Egypt and people from everywhere in search of health and wealth, fame and fortune – L. A. is the city of first and last resort, where all dreams are supposed to come true. So it is for Arturo Bandini (Colin Farrell), a son of Italian immigrants who dreams of becoming a famous novelist and marrying a beautiful blonde, and Camilla Lopez (Salma Hayek), a Mexican who longs to marry a WASP and shed her last name. In a time when relations between Anglos and people of Mexican descent hang by tattered threads, Bandini and Camilla collide with one another, fighting the city and themselves to make their dreams come true.

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March 18, 2009
Robert Towne

Robert Towne

Paramount Classics

March 10, 2006
Salma Hayek
Colin Farrell
Justin Kirk
Donald Sutherland
Dame Eileen Atkins
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