Bruno Mestdagh

Service Department Digital Film Collection and Restoration

Voted for

L'Atalante1934Jean Vigo
Red Desert1964Michelangelo Antonioni
Gangs of New York2002Martin Scorsese
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Johnny Guitar1954Nicholas Ray
Sherlock Jr.1924Buster Keaton
Ugetsu Monogatari1953Kenji Mizoguchi
Wild Strawberries1957Ingmar Bergman
The Wind1928Victor Sjöström


As a film archivist, I am not very fond of film lists. Although I do understand why they exist. Such lists are sensitive to trends and manners of the moment they were drawn up. Polls are there to highlight certain films, but also ignore the less important ones. Eventually, too many of them tend to slip away from our collective memory. But still, they are all preserved with equal love and care by film archivists all over the world. Therefore, I have let my choice be influenced by films that have shaped, inspired, and moved me as a film archivist. Of course, I also love the films of Hitchcock, Welles, Ozu, Renoir, Murnau, Kubrick, Ford, Vertov, Dreyer or Fellini. Filmmakers that already made the top ten of the Sight & Sound previous polls, and rightly so.