Ask The Dust

ROBERT TOWNE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2006.  , , Ascendant Pictures, , VIP 3 Medienfonds.  Screenplay by Robert Towne, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Incredibly dreary, uninvolving drama set in Depression-era Hollywood.  plays an Italian-American writer who shows up in L.A. in the hopes of chasing the dream, but finds only a major struggle to pay the rent. When he does start to achieve some success selling his stories, he ends up feeling an even deeper unhappiness at the love-hate relationship he endures with a gorgeous Mexican waitress () who longs to move up in the world. Eventually these two get together, since they’re the only really hot people in the movie ( doesn’t suit blond hair), but life has other plans for them. Despite the beauty of Caleb Deschanel’s perpetual-sunset photography, Chinatown screenwriter Robert Towne never excites any passion from either the story or the actors, both of whom are good but never make sparks fly together. The whole thing is just one long, drawn-out crawl to the finish, and you’ll be left completely unmoved by the entire process. Also features a memorable supporting turn by  and appearances by  and . Filmed in South Africa.

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