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.
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.
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.
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).
After Messala's death Ben-Hur discovers that her mother and sister are lepers, and that his revenge has not solved any problem; he realizes that evil goes beyond Messala. This snapshot dramatizes Ben-Hur's littleness before the Roman Empire, symbolized by this huge stadium. Ben-Hur 1959