Tear-jerkers such as Adele’s Someone Like You frequently top the charts these days, while gloomy classical compositions like Mozart’s Requiem have moved people for centuries. Both portray and bring about a strong sense of loss and sadness. But our enjoyment of sad music is paradoxical – we go out of our way to avoid sadness in our daily lives. So why is it that, in the arts, themes such as loss can be safely experienced, profoundly enjoyed and even celebrated?
With the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency on the horizon, there's been speculation about whether her First Spouse would wield undue influence in the prospective administration. But Pablo Larraín's Jackie, which dwells on the days immediately following the Kennedy assassination, suggests that powerful presidential partners are hardly a new phenomenon, even if they found it more effective to work in secret in the past.