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Bon, ce n’est pas tout mais c’est que la fin du monde approche à grands pas!

Voici le clip post-apocalyptique (et probablement avec des gens cherchant de la drogue) de Silvia par Miike Snow:

Reached the city steps tonight
Following the power lines
Met a man bar side
With eclipses for eyes

And you tell yourself you won’t let them touch
Did I say too much?
Did I say enough?
I don’t know… Silvia
I don’t know… Silvia

Circle round the room still
Have fun breaking my will
You know I can’t have you here
With someone else on your skin

And it’s all my fault for not getting off
So you made it start, can you make it stop?
You don’t know… Silvia
You don’t know… Silvia

Reached the city steps tonight
Following the power lines
And your skin is so white
Underneath the black night

And your voice cries out for the coup de grace
When the lights go out will there be a trace?
That I loved… Silvia
That I loved… Silvia

Miike Snow est un groupe musical originaire de Stockholm baptisé en hommage au réalisateur japonais Takashi Miike (qui a réalisé DOA, Zatoichi, et qui joue dans Hostel) et composé d’Andrew Wyatt, Christian Karlsson et Pontus Winnberg.

Ces deux derniers composent le duo Bloodshy & Avant, connu pour avoir produit plusieurs titres à succès de la chanteuse Britney Spears.

Si vous vous êtes déjà demandé comment tourner un film avec peu de moyens, voici un exemple : REDD – Red Riding Hood est un trailer écrit, dirigé et et édité par Patrick A. Prejusa, avec seulement 247 dollars de budget.

Dans un futur apocalyptique, en 2111, les USA sont quasiment détruits et les grandes villes en ruines. La moitié de la population mondiale a été décimée ou a migré sur d’autres planètes. La nouvelle ville où les gens repartent de zéro avec électricité et eau courante s’appelle Magic Valley.

Cependant, des démons, monstres et autres loups géants sont aperçus rôdant dans la nuit et même en plein jour. Magic Valley manque de munitions ou de soldats pour les combattre.

REDD, incarnée par April Crum, apparaît de nulle part, dans sa cape rouge et armée jusqu’aux dents. Elle est déterminée à se battre contre les engeances maléfiques et s’enfonce dans la forêt pour tuer la source du mal, une femme connue sous le nom de Grandmother.

Flash Forward est une série diffusée sur la chaîne ABC.

flashforward saison 1

Agent du FBI à Los Angeles, Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) se réveille dans un véhicule accidenté, entouré de chalands affolés et des conséquences d’un nombre hallucinant d’accidents divers.

Interdit, il assiste impuissant à une scène où se côtoient les plus simples carambolages et crashs aériens d’envergure.

La raison de ce tableau digne des visions apocalyptiques les plus folles ? L’intégralité des habitants de la planète a perdu conscience pendant deux minutes et dix-sept secondes.

I. The Puritan New World vision in the longer schemes of things

English Puritans can be divided into several groups. Most of the Puritans remained in England. They accepted the principle of Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth, with the Separatists (no affiliation with authority and the English protestant church). They were persecuted and many of them had to run away and come to the New World.

To many Puritans, Christopher Columbus’s passage in America was one of the most important historical events as the sign of a bigger historical destiny, as well as Gutemberg’s printing press (1456) and the Protestant reformation: 3 events, at the same time geographical, textual and religious, marking the beginning of a New World.

Gutemberg’s invention was particularly important for the New -England Protestants for their frequent use of texts (major means of communication). The Puritan society was a unique form of society in the sense that they defined their identity essentially by means of texts. Throughout the 17th century, colonial identity was the product of two things:

  • Literature or texts
  • And concrete movement in social and geographical space.

This particular form of identity can be seen through different aspects of literary expression: the Puritans used these aspects as sermons, declarations, covenants, controversies and statements of purpose. Therefore, the lasting effect of the printing press on colonial America is to be found in its contribution to the emergence of a national identity based first and foremost on language and writing. It was first by means of publication that America declared to the world its identity as a nation and trough an effect of discourse that she defined proclaimed and projected its past, its present and its future.

II. Realizing the vision: the image of the future played out in the New World

As far as the Puritan world vision is concerned, their conception of their role in the discovery of America is profoundly religious: it’s unseparable from the biblical metaphors of the Apocalypse and the coming of the millenium. Indeed, their historical and geographical position in America is closely related to their biblical definition of themselves and of America. In the bigger divine plan, the Puritans are God’s chosen people. Their destination, both spiritual and geographical is America, the new Israel that marks the beginning of the millenium. In this context, it’s also important to add that the millenium utopianism of the Puritans goes hand in hand with their political and religious beliefs.

Through a characteristic synthesis, the Puritans defined their system as a church-state. They believed this religious political system should be a model for the Christian world. The Puritans considered their historical role in the New World as that of a universal community organized under a "federal" or "national" contract, called a covenant. Therefore, in John Winthrop’s words, the new church-state was supposed to be "a city upon a hill", a universal "model of Christian charity" (taken from the sermon he made abroad the ship The Arbella in 1630). But, with the beginning of the Restoration in 1660, the Puritans lost all hope of spreading their universal vision through England. The realization of the Puritans’ vision was turned fully toward America and, consciously or unconsciously, the second or third generation of Puritans adopted European metaphors of America, those that they used in their futuristic vision of both land and history.

Thus, the imaginary visions of America as utopia became synonymous with the New Heaven promised by the Revelation (the Apocalypse). In this apocalyptic vision, geographical and literary exploration, textuality and religious imagery are unseparable. These three aspects of the Puritan New World vision represent their most lasting contribution to the American sense of community and identity. From the Declaration of Independence to the notion of the Manifest Destiny (John L. O’Sullivan) to the New Frontier (John F. Kennedy), the USA has always seen its confrontation with the future as a sort of battle of the wilderness: the nation’s representation of itself reminds us of the Puritans and their imaginary vision of the New World: the vision of a nation in danger, of a plantation facing a complex and hostile environment, of a unified community gaining strength from the challengers of its environment. Throughout this vision, we found three fundamental elements of American identity:

  • The imaginary projection of nature as the scene of an especially American self.
  • The representation of a self that uses such a scene to enact a specifically American mode of self-realization (in the future).
  • The conscious or unconscious references to biblical imagery and the biblical conception of history: American as a necessary self fulfilling promise.

Sommaire de la série History of American Literature

  1. An authentically American Literature
  2. Puritanism : a New World Vision
  3. Declaration of Literary Independence
  4. The American Renaissance
  5. Modernism

C’est aujourd’hui le 666ème post de ce blog… hé oui, le temps file ! Souvenez-vous, je vous avais déjà fait le coup il y a quelques mois. On remet cela mais en un peu plus rock’n’roll, avec des morceaux bibliques et obscurs dedans. J’espère que vous ne souffrez pas d’hexakosioihexekontahexaphobie !

666

C’est le moment d’avoir du discernement : celui qui a de l’intelligence, qu’il interprète le chiffre de la bête, car c’est un chiffre d’homme : et son chiffre est six cent soixante-six.

– Apocalypse de Saint Jean, chapitre 13, verset 18

L’article consacré par Wikipédia regorge d’hypothèses mais il est assez malaisé de faire le tri des farfelues et des probables. Les interprétations de ce verset sont donc ouvertes !

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