The Garden of Allah was once Hollywood’s most famous – or perhaps infamous – hotel during from the 1930s through the 1950s. Corrupt Los Angeles officials did nothing to prevent the hotel being destroyed.
The brilliant Jack Nicholson in CHINATOWN. His face hacked by corrupt politicians in the classic film about evil and corrupt Los Angeles.
Polanski’s plot in the 1974 film classic CHINATOWN, on its surface, is about political corruption, a Water Department (Watergate?) scandal in Los Angeles in the 1930s. But his real story concerns human corruption, so deep and extensive as to be terminal. And his message, for all its apparent topicality, is finally so pessimistic, really nihilistic, that although Polanski exposes the corruption of capitalism (the sexual as well as the financial), he does not offer even the wisp of a political alternative.
THE TWO JAKES was the CHINATOWN sequel released in 1990 directed by Jack Nicholson. Jake Gittes investigates adultery and murder… and the money that comes from oil.
Is it time for a movie sequel? CHINATOWN 3 or the SUNSET STRIP?
THE PITCH… A Los Angeles Councilman, his chief of staff, and corrupt lobbyist attorneys ignore California and USA governments reports and help approve billion dollar developments built on earthquake faults all over Los Angeles. The FBI have started a sting operation within the corrupt L.A. City Hall. A major earthquake happens. Thousands dead and billions of dollars lost. The “City of the Angels” turns into Bell, California meets Enron meets Big Rock Mesa in Malibu! During the third act we see federal convictions for extortion, bribery, conflicts of interest and election crimes…they involve everyone… from the mayor to major attorney lobbyists to a building inspectors. Los Angeles declares bankruptcy and replaces Chicago as the most corrupt city in the USA and becomes a ruinous eyesore like Detroit. Who do you root for? The citizens of Los Angeles, yes! Who are the villains? Politicians and corrupt attorney lobbyists. Box Office results? Major hit because America hates greedy politicians, lobbyists and doesn’t trust the government.
Could CHINATOWN 3 be based on a true story?
(Left ) Yesterday – Poster for the classic film Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway; (Right) Today – Congresswoman Janice Hahn, former member of the Los Angeles City Council, and current Councilman Tom LaBonge in a recent parade in Chinatown.
(Left: Bill Lewis – FBI director for Los Angeles) As Jessica Mitford - the “Queen of the Muckrakers” – would say… only the FBI can handle malfeasance and unbridled corruption at this level…
Lewis is a great American and a man who knows corruption when he sees it.
“The City of the Angeles” is so blessed to have him serving Southern California interests.
Can Mr. Lewis organize a new FBI “gangster squad” to clean up dirty politics in Los Angeles and West Hollywood?
Los Angeles seems the perfect place to investigate. According to Steve Lopez at the L.A. Times, Los Angeles is the second most corrupt city in the USA.