Lonely Are The Brave starts with a classic establishing shot of a cowboy (Kirk Douglas) dosing alongside his horse. This is interrupted by a jet flying overhead which is a complete surprise. Unlike Luis Buñuel’s Simon of the Desert, the jet in this context, is a symbol of the encroachment and battle with modern technology as Douglas’s character desperately hangs onto the old code of the West. He cuts his way through fences and struggles to cross a New Mexico highway on horseback. The final image is a cowboy hat stranded on the highway, drenched from the falling rain.