The Aristocrats
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Ask the Dust (2006)
USA / English
In the Robert Towne-directed adaptation of John Fante's Depression Era novel, Hayek will play the fiery Mexican beauty Camilla who hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini (Farrell), a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm.
Colin Farrell Arturo Bandini
Salma Hayek Camilla
Donald Sutherland Hellfrick
Eileen Atkins Mrs. Hargraves
Idina Menzel Vera Rivkin
Justin Kirk Sammy
Jeremy Crutchley Solomon
Ronald France Columbia Sweeper
Dion Basco Filipino Houseboy
Donna Mosley Red Headed Girl
Paul Rylander Harold the Bartender
Natasha Staples Denver Librarian
Wayne Harrison Heilman
Yoshimura Yasuhiro Japanese Vegetable Man
Sid Willie the Dog
Director: Robert Towne
Producer: Tom Cruise,Don Granger,Jonas McCord,Paula Wagner
Writer: Robert Towne,John Fante
Interesting adaptation after a novel, but ultimately boring.
The movie has the hallmark of old American writings, with lots of metaphors and big words for showing what is really everyday life. The script is original, unlike most of the films today, because is based on a book about the depression era in the US. The actors play very well and the images are very well done. I would venture to say the soundtrack was equally flawless, since it didn't bother me one bit (didn't really notice it, either).

So what was wrong about the movie? I don't know. Maybe the pace, since it was two hours long. Or the subject, which was ... smooth. I mean, there were no real bumps in it. Everything just went by itself. In the tradition of "road writers" the character is almost an observer, left to his own emotions, but incapable of acting. I can't say that characters weren't original, but more in the direction of weirdly annoying rather than interesting.

Bottom line: it's a drama. The romance itself is strong, not the diluted stuff you see nowadays, but I wouldn't call this a romantic movie. I suggest watching it when you feel philosophical or want something new, yet slow paced.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 5.7
Musician: Ramin Djawadi
Running time: 117 min
Subtitles: engelska
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3