Seriously, foreign articles are always problematic, especially in a public
library, and patron-oriented catalogers have found ways to trick a lot of
systems' defaults and parameters. We're just implementing what will be my
fifth vendor's catalog; each one has had its own barriers. (El Salvador is
my favorite test case.) But in all kinds of catalogs, liberal use of the
246 field (for other formats, too) isn't cheating at all. It's a great and
easy way to provide more access points, especially for things like movies,
where title is key (and we don't have authority files!).