Gelsomina and the Fool in La Strada 1954 The purpose of life seen through a pebble, an insignificant stone thrown into a larger universe. The Fool gives hope to Gelsomina when she is in an existential crisis, acknowledging that she is not useful to this world.
Giuletta Masina as the Chaplinesque Gelsomina in La Strada 1954 Literally retarded, childish, ingenuous, and at heart, an artist, she must live under the brutal hand of Zampano, who stifles her potential and eventually kills her illusions.
Richard Basehart plays the "Fool" in La Strada 1954 a character who has a strong effect on Gelsomina. His antagonism against the brutal Zampano, however, is his major weakness. The Fool risks his life, not only on a tightrope, but also by taunting Zampano, without thinking about the consequences.
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid 1968 The beginning shots in this film where Butch, played by Paul Newman, is watching a bank, foreshadows the closing of the American West. Several scenes show Butch behind bars or in darkness (when he enters the bank).
Charlie Chaplin playing the quintessential unemployed underdog in Modern Times 1936. These clips show him at work in a steel mill. The scene in the middle shows that workers are watched even in the bathroom. In the last clip, sci-fi is provided for the sake of humor: a machine that helps workers eat without stopping production.