Saturday, July 18, 2015

Revenant Comes Alive and Relevant Anew

You'll recall my term for the Jews who have returned after a long absence to our patrimonial lands of Judea and Samaria as I espoused it in 2004 - we are revenants.

Well, there's a movie to be released in January entitled The Revenant from this book.

I hope to take advantage of the opportunity provide to promot my term.

The trailer

The Revenant is the new film of director Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Academy Award-winning director, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, about a frontiersman who sets out for revenge after his fellow travelers leave him for dead after a bear mauling. 

From a synopsis of the book on which the film is based

Based Loosely based on true eventson a true incident of heroism in the history of the American West...A Philadelphia-born adventurer, frontiersman Hugh Glass goes to sea at age 16 and enjoys a charmed life, including several years under the flag of the pirate Jean Lafitte...In 1822, at age 36, Glass escapes, finds his way to St. Louis and enters the employ of Capt. Andrew Henry, trapping along tributaries of the Missouri River. After surviving months of hardship and Indian attack, he falls victim to a grizzly bear. His throat nearly ripped out, scalp hanging loose and deep slashing wounds to his back, shoulder and thigh, Glass appears to be mortally wounded...Even though his death seems certain, Henry details two men, a fugitive mercenary, John Fitzgerald, and young Jim Bridger (who lived to become a frontier hero) to stand watch and bury him. After several days, Fitzgerald sights hostile Indians. Taking Glass's rifle and tossing Bridger his knife, Fitzgerald flees with Bridger, leaving Glass. Enraged at being left alone and defenseless, Glass survives against all odds and embarks on a 3,000-mile-long vengeful pursuit of his ignominious betrayers. Told in simple expository language, this is a spellbinding tale of heroism and obsessive retribution.

This should be grand.  The word doesn't mean a literal ghost, as som claim, but someone thought gone who has come back, as I wrote.  Just as we Jews, banned from our homeland, have returned.

 (kippa tip - Zalmi)


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