Elysium or the Elysian Fields is a conception of the afterlife that evolved over time and was maintained by certain Greek religious and philosophical sects and cults. Initially separate from the realm of Hades, admission was initially reserved for mortals related to the gods and other heroes. Later, it expanded to include those chosen by the gods, the righteous, and the heroic, where they would remain after death, to live a blessed and happy life, and indulging in whatever employment they had enjoyed in life.

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Elysian Fields by Carlos Schwabe, 1903

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elysium

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The term and concept of Elysium has had influence in modern popular culture, reference to Elysium can be found in literature, art, film, and music. Examples include in the New Orleans neighborhood of Elysian Fields in Tennessee WilliamsA Streetcar Named Desire as the déclassé purgatory where Blanche Dubois lives with Stanley and Stella Kowalski. New Orleans’ Elysian Fields also provides the second act setting of Elmer Rice‘s The Adding Machine and the musical adaptation Adding Machine (musical). In his poem Middlesex, John Betjeman describes how a few hedges “Keep alive our lost Elysium – rural Middlesex again.”  In his poem An Old Haunt, Hugh McFadden sets an Elysian scene in Dublin‘s St. Stephen’s Green park “Very slowly solitude slips round me in St. Stephen’s Green. I rest: see pale salmon clouds blossom. I’m back in the fields of Elysium.”  In Spring and All, William Carlos Williams describes a dying woman’s “elysian slobber/upon/the folded handkerchief.”

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elysium_(film)

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Elysium is an upcoming American science fiction action film written, co-produced and directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.   It is scheduled to be released on August 9, 2013 in both conventional and IMAX Digital theaters. Elysium is a co-production of Media Rights Capital and TriStar Pictures.   It also represents TriStar’s first big-budget offering since The Mask of Zorro in 1998.

The film takes place on both a ravaged Earth and a luxurious space habitat called Elysium. It will explore political and sociological themes such as immigration, health care and class issues.   When asked whether the film reveals how he sees Earth turning out in 140 years, director Blomkamp responded “No, no, no. This isn’t science fiction. This is today. This is now.”

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Elysium star Jodie Foster age 50

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