The best of world cinema

Would these films make your top ten?

Empire magazine has compiled a list of the 100 best films of "world cinema" (by which they mean films not in the English language). It's interesting to note that two of Empire's top ten -- posted below -- also made our list of the 10 greatest political films, but would any of them have made your list? What have they missed? Tell us in the comments thread.

1. Seven Samurai (1954, Japan)


2. Amelie (2000, France) -- click here for an interview with the director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet


3. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Russia)


4. Bicycle Thieves (1948, Italy)


5. Pan's Labyrinth (2006, Spain) - click here for Ryan Gilbey's NS review


6. Battle of Algiers (1966, France)


7. City of God (2002, Brazil)


8. The Seventh Seal (1957, Sweden)


9. The Wages of Fear (1953, France)


10. Spirited Away (2001, Japan)

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SRSLY #14: Interns, Housemaids and Witches

On the pop culture podcast this week, we discuss the Robert De Niro-Anne Hathaway film The Intern, the very last series of Downton Abbey, and Sylvia Townsend Warner’s novel Lolly Willowes.

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The Links

On The Intern

Ryan Gilbey’s discussion of Robert De Niro’s interview tantrums.

Anne Helen Petersen for Buzzfeed on “Anne Hathaway Syndrome”.


On Downton Abbey

This is the sort of stuff you get on the last series of Downton Abbey.


Elizabeth Minkel on the decline of Downton Abbey.



On Lolly Willowes

More details about the novel here.

Sarah Waters on Sylvia Townsend Warner.


Next week:

Caroline is reading Selfish by Kim Kardashian.


Your questions:

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i - Kendrick Lamar

With or Without You - Scala & Kolacny Brothers 

Our theme music is “Guatemala - Panama March” (by Heftone Banjo Orchestra), licensed under Creative Commons. 

See you next week!

PS If you missed #13, check it out here.

Caroline Crampton is web editor of the New Statesman.

Anna Leszkiewicz is the New Statesman's editorial assistant.