Note: This post is part of on ongoing series in which I'm watching a lot of movies.
Oooo, subtitles! I know a lot of people can't stand subtitled movies, but I really don't mind them. I definitely prefer subtitles to dubbing. Anyway, on to the notes!
- Despite the fact that all the dialog in this film is in Italian, I feel like I could have followed the story just fine even without the subtitles. That seems like a good sign.
- Bruno (Antonio's son) is like a tiny caricature of an Italian person. At least, of how Italian's are often represented in the media.
- Italian garbage trucks in 1948 looked hilarious.
- When Antonio and his friends go to the market looking for his bike, I thought it was funny that they were looking for things like the bell and the tires. How could they possibly identify those items conclusively?
- Antonio's increasing desperation over the course of the film is readily apparent and helps drive the story forward.
- Is it just me or does the theif look a bit like Leonardo DiCaprio? (It's probably just me. All my friends will tell you I'm terrible at the whole “he looks like a celebrity” thing.)
- When trying to make his getaway at the end, Antonio really doesn't seem to be able to ride very fast. I blame post-war Italy's hipster-like obsession with fixed gear bicycles.
The Bicycle Thief on Wikipedia.