YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

April 2, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — clarelspark @ 3:50 pm

I could have mentioned German Expressionism in art and film as the precursor to film noir, which is rarely understood. The noir genre is about cultural pessimism after the Great War. Why is this subject neglected? It certainly affects the appeal of The Following.

YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

This is the analysis of James M. Cain’s popular novel Mildred Pierce, especially as interpreted by HBO this Spring (2011). I started by finding the lyrics to the song derived from Chopin’s Grand Valse Brillante, “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” (1917). This song is the leitmotif for both the HBO series and Cain’s book.

At the end of the rainbow there’s happiness,
And to find it how often I’ve tried,
But my life is a race, just a wild goose chase,
And my dreams have all been denied.
Why have I always been a failure?
What can the reason be?
I wonder if the world’s to blame,
I wonder if it could be me.

Chorus:

I’m always chasing rainbows,
Watching clouds drifting by,
My dreams are just like all my schemes,
Ending in the sky.
Some fellows look and find the sunshine,
I always look and find the rain.
Some fellows make…

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