Touch of Doomed Romanticism

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Touch of Doomed Romanticism


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ASK THE DUST. Directed by Robert Towne, with Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, Donald Sutherland, Eileen Atkins, Idina Menzel, William Mapother and Tamara Craig Thomas.

Review: KEVIN CRUST

Lovers of Los Angeles literature and especially the works of John Fante have long anticipated the arrival of the movie version of Ask the Dust.

That it was entrusted to Robert Towne, of Chinatown fame and keeper of a tradition of Southern California writers, has been a source of comfort and high hopes. Thirty years of gestation have produced a film of great beauty with unfulfilled promise - a disappointment, but with much to recommend and be glad about. It is a reverent treatment of the touchstone novel about tyro writer Arturo Bandini and his adventures in the City of Angels that perhaps clings too closely to the original while neglecting the intricacies of its main character.

Colin Farrell stars as the Italian American Bandini, five months removed from Boulder, Colorado, and full of youthful bravado. Emboldened by the publication of a short story in a literary magazine, he is inspired and discouraged by his surroundings. The tragic faces of the Midwesterners who've come to LA seeking sun-drenched asylum and peaceful death haunt him even as he finds insight in their plight. The bright, corrosive daylight of each new morning drives him into the cover of darkness to stare at his typewriter collecting dust blown in from the distant Mojave Desert. …

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