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Key work of art: Les Yeux du silence - Max Ernst, 1943-1944

D-Day is June 6, 1944

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) - Maya Deren [...]

    Meshes of the Afternoon is a 1943 short film. It has no plot, only images: a flower on a long driveway, a key falling, a door unlocked, a knife in a loaf of bread, a phone off the hook.

    Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid wrote, directed and starred in the film. The original print had no score. The musical score by Teiji Ito was added in the 1950s. The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meshes_of_the_Afternoon [Aug 2004]

LSD [...]

I suddenly became strangely inebriated. The external world became changed as in a dream. Objects appeared to gain inrelief; they assumed unusual dimensions; and colors became more glowing. Even self-perception and the sense of time were changed. When the eyes were closed, colored pictures flashed past in a quickly changing kaleidoscope. After a few hours, the not unpleasant inebriation, which had been experienced whilst I was fully conscious, disappeared. what had caused this condition? - - Albert Hofmann - - Laboratory Notes (1943) [...]

Our Lady of the Flowers (1943) - Jean Genet [...]

    Our Lady of the Flowers (1943) - Jean Genet [Amazon.com]
    Novel by Jean Genet, written while he was in prison for burglary and published in 1944 in French as Notre-Dame des fleurs. The novel and the author were championed by many contemporary writers, including Jean-Paul Sartre and Jean Cocteau, who helped engineer a pardon for Genet. A wildly imaginative fantasy of the Parisian underworld, the novel tells the story of Divine, a male prostitute who consorts with thieves, pimps, murderers, and other criminals and who has many sexual adventures. Written in lyrical, dreamlike prose, the novel affirms a new moral order, one in which criminals are saints, evil is glorified, and conventional taboos are freely violated. --The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

Being and Nothingness - Jean-Paul Sartre [...]

    Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology - Jean-Paul Sartre [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    Jean-Paul Sartre, the seminal smarty-pants of mid-century thinking, launched the existentialist fleet with the publication of Being and Nothingness in 1943. Though the book is thick, dense, and unfriendly to careless readers, it is indispensable to those interested in the philosophy of consciousness and free will. Some of his arguments are fallacious, others are unclear, but for the most part Sartre's thoughts penetrate deeply into fundamental philosophical territory. Basing his conception of self-consciousness loosely on Heidegger's "being," Sartre proceeds to sharply delineate between conscious actions ("for themselves") and unconscious ("in themselves"). It is a conscious choice, he claims, to live one's life "authentically" and in a unified fashion, or not--this is the fundamental freedom of our lives. Drawing on history and his own rich imagination for examples, Sartre offers compelling supplements to his more formal arguments. The waiter who detaches himself from his job-role sticks in the reader's memory with greater tenacity than the lengthy discussion of inauthentic life and serves to bring the full force of the argument to life. Even if you're not an angst-addicted poet from North Beach, Being and Nothingness offers you a deep conversation with a brilliant mind--unfortunately, a rare find these days. --Rob Lightner for Amazon.com

I Walked with a Zombie (1943) - Jacques Tourneur

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