On the Waterfront (1954)

On the Waterfront is about a man overcoming who he is to become somebody he never suspected he could admire. Fortunately for my enjoyment of the film, this transformation is convincing enough to not grate and I was carried away by its tale of corrupt union officials, torn loyalties and love. Of course, our confused hero wouldn’t stand a chance of coming good if it wasn’t for the right feminine influence. Continue reading

Ladri di biciclette (1948)

I sometimes have nightmares where one of my bikes is stolen. Often I leave it out of sight for a second; other times I lock it up somewhere dodgy where it sticks out like a sore thumb. The worst thing in each case is that feeling that I’ve let myself down. It may be next to impossible to find the thief but certainly isn’t possible to escape yourself. Continue reading