The singer, rather than finding himself going back to 1920s’ Paris, becomes increasingly disenchanted with his fellow partners, his producers, his manager, then the whole Parisian society, and eventually, of his own identity and self-existence.
Okay, it would be a bit unthinkable if Woody Allen directed this plot instead.
How the plot can be improved: the best time setting might be somewhere around 1960s or 1970s, during Cold War’s heightened tensions between United States and Soviet Union. The ‘hitman’, as I want to suggest, might be an illegal immigrant from East Germany, who, being penniless and illiterate in English, struggled to stay alive throughout his time in US, and how he ended up, in a downward spiral, reluctantly joined a White-supremacy organized crime group in Las Vegas (okay, this city might be a bit too mainstream; give me some other possible suggestions please).
It somehow reminded me, slightly, of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’. The parallelism, I think, could be like this: this plot may focus about inter-generational conflicts between the racist officer’s family and the colonel’s, and it may even be more interesting when ‘magical realism’ is added as an element of surprise: consider that one of the racist officer’s relatives, unexpectedly, has a monkey’s tail.
But, I’m feared this could be unfilmable though.
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An in-depth report about one of China’s most notorious, ongoing trends nowadays, as a by-product of its combined decades-old economic growth, the growing social inequality, political rivalries, and corruption: the capital flight, mainly led by government officials, their close relatives, and their surrounding cronies, which ends up in numerous offshore financial centers worldwide.
Read the full coverage in International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
China’s Politburo Standing Committee is the all-powerful group of seven (formerly nine) men who run the Communist Party and the country. The records obtained by ICIJ show that relatives of at least five current or former members of this small circle have incorporated companies in the Cook Islands or British Virgin Islands.
China’s “red nobility” — elites tied by blood or marriage to the current leadership or Party elders — are also popularly known as “princelings.” Ordinary Chinese have grown increasingly angry over their vast wealth and what many see as the hypocrisy of officials who tout “people-first” ideals but look the other way while their families peddle power and influence for personal gain.
The leaked offshore records include details of a BVI company 50 percent owned by President Xi’s brother-in-law Deng Jiagui. The husband of Xi’s older sister, Deng is a multimillionaire real estate developer and an investor in metals used in cell phones and other electronics. The records show the other half of Excellence Effort Property Development was owned by yet another BVI company belonging to Li Wa and Li Xiaoping, property tycoons who made news in July bywinning a $2 billion bid to purchase commercial real estate in Shenzhen.
Since taking over as the Communist Party’s top official in 2012, Xi has sought to burnish his image with an aggressive anti-graft campaign, promising to go after official corruption involving both low-level “flies” and high-level “tigers.” Yet he has crushed a grassroots movement that called for government officials to publicly declare their assets. Wen Jiabao, who stepped down as premier in 2013 after a decade-long tenure, also styled himself as a reformer, cultivating an image of grandfatherly concern for China’s poor.