Film Language Tag: graphic blocking
Arranges characters or groups according to visual patterns to portray spatial harmony, tension, or some other visual atmosphere.
As soldiers stand on the beach a plane is heard. It drops bombs, the soldiers hit the ground, and we see the bombs falling toward Tommy (Fionn Whitehead). He is spared and stands back up with the rest of the soldiers as they realize they are fully exposed with no air force to defend them.
Freder (Gustav Frohlich), son of the city master, watches as Maria (Brigitte Helm) brings a group of workers' children into the Eternal Gardens of Pleasure.
The Pope had a nervous breakdown and has gone missing after the Papal conclave. The cardinals do not know that he is missing because the manager of the Vatican has placed a Swiss guard in the Pope's quarters to make his room seem occupied. While the Cardinals are waiting for the "pope" to emerge from his room, the psychiatrist who was hired to treat the Pope organized a volleyball game for the Cardinals. This scene captures the Cardinal's joy and commitment to the game.
Freder (Gustav Frohlich) finds the false Maria (Brigitte Helm) urging the workers to destroy the Heart Machine.
A cherubic narrator provides an overview of Roman society in the early 1960s.