I'll edit this later, but there a few foreign films that come to mind: Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens): An Argentinean film (in Spanish, obviously...and well the English subtitles are not fantastically translated...you get the gist of everything) about two conmen. Not only shows the beauty of Buenos Aires, but also excellently captures the South American economy and its fatal volatility. Nazi era movies: Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod (Gloomy Sunday): A German film (again, in its native tongue), it is a movie about a sordid love affair between three people and the infamous suicide song that intertwines them together. Masterfully shows Budapest in all its glory (is it me or does the name Vass come to mind every time Budapest is mentioned?) and has a fantastic soundtrack to boot. The movie is remindful of the movies Hollywood used to make. Amen: A German film (but in English!
about a SS officer and a Jesuit priest and the Vatican's role during WWII and the Holocaust. What is not shown is more terrifying than what is shown. Jon.