As a film school grad, I can say that there are certain films that are... forced upon you when you study film.
to watch Citizen Kane
. You really
should watch Umberto D
. You must
watch La Strada
I'll admit I enjoyed only one of the three I mentioned, the other two were... okay, but I'll probably never go out of my way to watch them again. They just didn't appeal to me.
The Bicycle Thief
is another one of the standard Film School History class favorites that the profs like to use, and for good reason. It's a good film, and tells a lot about the Italian Neo-Realist era of film, but I never connected with it. It's a tough film to take on.
So when Angela said she was taking him to see that film, even I said to myself "Jordan! RUN!", wondering how he would take to the line "There's a cure for everything except death". But I still felt bad when he never showed.
But I like a little irony and when I connected BT with Angela swiping the bicycle, I got a chuckle out of it. Not just because she took it, but it showed how many layers both the show and the character has (they could have taken it one step father and had a poster of Gilda
, seen in BT, on her bedroom wall).
Bravo on the observation, and my apologies for the rambling.
p.s. Oh, and welcome to the forum.