Ask the Dust

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?

Ask the Dust

Title: Ask the Dust

Release Date: 2006

Genres: Drama, Romance

    Directors: Towne, Robert


  • Farrell, Colin as Arturo Bandini
  • Hayek, Salma as Camilla
  • Sutherland, Donald as Hellfrick
  • Atkins, Eileen as Mrs. Hargraves
  • Menzel, Idina as Vera Rivkin
  • Kirk, Justin as Sammy
  • Crutchley, Jeremy as Solomon
  • France, Ronald as Columbia Sweeper
  • Basco, Dion as Filipino Houseboy
  • Mosley, Donna as Red Headed Girl
  • Rylander, Paul as Harold the Bartender
  • Staples, Natasha as Denver Librarian
  • Harrison, Wayne as Heilman
  • Yasuhiro, Yoshimura as Japanese Vegetable Man
  • Sid as Willie the Dog

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