Like all of us, I love film, but there’s tons that I haven’t seen. I use books and lists, etc. to select new films to watch, and the holes in what I’ve seen has been getting considerably smaller. Those that I like enough I add to my dvd (originally my ld) collection. It may take watching two or three movies to find one I like enough to buy, but I’m always glad I’ve seen the new film, even if I didn’t like it much. Before I get to my problem, let me just explain quickly how I evaluate a film. I do it two-dimensionally, as art and as entertainment. And for me, it is the second one that is more important. I only buy films I enjoy and would have fun watching again. No matter how good a film is, if I don’t enjoy watching it, I’m not going to buy it. Raging Bull and Taxi Driver are both great films, but I did not have fun watching them, hence neither are in my dvd collection. The Long, Long Trailer isn’t great art, but I enjoy it, hence I own it. Of course, the best films are the ones that are both (The Apartment, Rear Window, The Godfather, Casablanca). The enjoyment factor of a film is a lot more subjective than that art factor, but that’s what guides my purchases. Foreign films have been a problem for me. I’ve seen dozens of the highly recommended ones, but so far, only two of them have been ones I’ve enjoyed enough to watch again. Many of them I agree are great art (The Bicycle Thief, Umbrellas of Cherbourgh, Seven Samurai) but I didn’t ‘enjoy’ watching them. Some I think are artistically overrated (Cries and Whispers, Alphaville). So far, only M and Metropolis have been ones I’ve wanted to see again. Either foreign films are somehow by their very nature the type of film I don’t like (e.g., All About Eve, Annie Hall) or I’m just not seeing the right ones. Since some of you are very knowledgeable about foreign films, I’m asking for recommendations. I’ve already seen the foreign film equivalents of All about Eve, Gone with the Wind, and A Streetcar Named Desire, so what are the foreign film equivalents of Double Indemnity, It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, North by Northwest and How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying? I want to start watching some foreign films I’ll actually enjoy.