Stefano Cargnel from Carlstadt, NJ


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

I love to study the history of cinema and filmmaking. I'm an avid sports fan, I enjoy traveling, food and wine (i.e. the TCM Wine Club), and all things Disney.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Popcorn combined with Nestle Sno-Caps... salty and sweet!


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

The great movies!  And the wonderful information provided by Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz at the beginning and end of each one. I always tune in before and after the credits roll to hear what they have to say!


What’s your favorite movie genre?



Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?

My favorite filmmaker of all time is the legendary Alfred Hitchcock. He consistently crafted the most captivating and engaging cinematic experiences... and guessing the endings ahead of time is virtually impossible to do. In my opinion, Hitchcock never winning an Academy Award for Best Director is the biggest oversight in movie history! 


Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?

I'm sure most people will use this section to select a director, an actor, or an actress, and a selection of that kind is definitely justified. However, I can honestly say meeting Robert Osborne and/or Ben Mankiewicz would be my way to go. I was born with a birth defect called Spina Bifida. Over the course of my life, I've spent a considerable amount of time convalescing from various surgeries and procedures related to my disability. During such times, these two men and the programming they introduce have aided in making my recoveries both easier and, quite likely, faster than they otherwise may have been. I would want to thank them in person for the much appreciated help they provided to me.


What do you collect?

I collect original movie posters and lobby cards. I own original lobby cards from The Empire Strikes BackHighlander, and the 1954 version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as well as original posters from several of the Star Wars films, Highlander, Clash of the Titans, Time After Time, Excalibur, Young Frankenstein, Sleepy Hollow, A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator, Gosford Park, and the 1947 version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.


If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?

The Wizard of Oz... I never miss an airing whenever its on TBS, TNT, or TCM.


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