I usually do not watch foreign films with subtitles. If you feel the same way make an exception for this film. It is one of the best films you will ever see.
When first released, it as heavily censored in North American due to one of the characters being a homosexual. VPL has the uncensored version. It doesn't sound like a big deal but I remember seeing the original uncensored and thinking there it wasn't complete and a little flat.