If you want to see Anna Magnani's earthly talents turned to comic advantage then check out Mario Monicelli's The Passionate Thief (Risate di goia, l960), the restored print of which is currently completing a run at Film Forum.
I know a person who's having a midlife crisis. It isn't a secret; that's part of the crisis. His issue comes down to an excess of sex that he talks about excessively. His best friends don't mind that he's scoring more than LeBron James in a heated playoff -- they just wish he'd stop flaunting it.
Reading subtitles is a lot like riding a bicycle. Practice not only makes perfect, soon enough it's second nature so you don't even notice you're doing it. This particularly holds true when you're watching something great.