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At the intro to WOW Morgan Freeman speaks.
At this set of words...
"With infinite complacency men went to and fro about the globe confident of our Empire over this world."
This pic appears at this exact moment...out of the blue when you consider all of the previos scenes are of the U.S...
That is the "The Arc de Triomphe" is it not?
Looks like it, and it's out of place in the context of the previous scenes.
Whats the significance of this?
"Commissioned by Napoléon in 1806 to celebrate his victory at the battle of Austerlitz and the glory of French armies, the arch was not finished until 1836 by Louis-Phillipe and cost ten million francs. The construction was entrusted to Chalgrin, who built a model of the arch on the real site in 1810 for Napoléon's wedding to Marie-Louise, daughter of the Austrian ambassador. The Emperor did not pass through the completed, real version until his funeral procession in 1840. Forty-five years later Victor Hugo's wake took place under the arch. Today you can see the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, killed in the First World War, and his flame, lit as a memorial to all those killed in action. The Arch is a site both of memories and current events and celebrations. The lists of the dead will move you. The cars that drive around the monument will terrify you! Standing in a direct line between the Louvre and the Grande Arche de la Défense, the monument links the past with the present and offers amazing views. A truly impressive landmark, 50 metres high and 45 metres wide, Paris would not be Paris without it!"
Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile - 75008
The world's largest triumphal arch, 49.5 m (162 ft) in height, was conceived in 1806 by Napoleon I as a tribute to his Grande Armée and its 128 victorious battles. Designed by Jean François Thérèse Chalgrin (1739-1811), the Arc was completed in 1836 during the reign of Louis Philippe. Surmounting the hill of Chaillot at the center of a star-shaped configuration of 12 radiating avenues, it is the climax of a vista seen the length of the Champs Elysées from the smaller Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. Since 1920 it has sheltered the tomb of France's Unknown Soldier.
Any suggestions on what level exactly Speilberg means this obvious little "inside joke"?
It means something and I am thinking along the lines of the Illuminati and the French revoloution.
Is it just a take on the "sacrifice of soldiers"?
Note the Sun setting through it's arch.