Brian, you definitely make a great point. I know I've seen an amazing amount of movies since 16, and of course, developed favorites since then. I wasn't exposed to many foreign films in my childhood, except for early John Woo. My scope of foreign film started broadening around age 17 after seeing Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources and subsequently many others. I'm not sure how you guys feel about this pairing, but it remains one of my fave.
Also, I may not have been clear; I wasn't specifically referring to favorites. I was trying to make a point about impressionable movies. For me these were Rocky, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie's Choice, Amadeus, Brazil, etc. I'm loathe to say most of these got Best Picture and are from the U.S. Forgive my childhood self.
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