Oct19

Jeffrey Kochan from Centennial, CO

 

Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

I like to go hiking and backpacking, check out concerts and the symphony, go to baseball games, and go to movies.

 

What’s your favorite movie snack?

Dots.

 

What’s your favorite part of TCM?

I appreciate that when Ben or Eddie or a guest presenter introduces a movie, and you can see, in the way they talk about the movie, its genesis, its actors and director, that they truly love films the same way I do. That is infectious.

 

What’s your favorite movie genre?

1940s film noir.

 

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

Montgomery Clift, because he had a rare ability to balance a calm, quiet, strong, or masculine exterior with these glimpses into his indecision, his self-doubt, and his utter fragility. He did it again and again, in many wonderful roles. He was an amazing actor.

 

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

I'd love to meet Henry Thomas ("Elliott" in E.T.). I would tell him that his shout of joy, as Elliott rides his bike across the moon backdrop, is so genuine, so pure, that it makes it one of my favorite cinematic moments. It's just perfect.

 

What do you collect?

I own too many DVDs, and WAY too many books.

Bookstores are my kryptonite.

 

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

It's a very tough question, there are so many I love. I will say Umberto D, directed by Vittorio De Sica (1952). To see the lead character, and other proud men and women, in postwar Italy, trying to scrape by on their government pensions, and to see them displaced from their homes and devalued, and struggling just to survive -- it breaks my heart. And when Umberto ultimately is trying to give away his beloved little dog... forget about it. I'm a mess, by that point!

 

Thank you Jeff!  For being in our Member Spotlight, we're sending you TCM's beautiful tome about film noir, Into the Dark.  Since you already have too many books... what's one more, right?

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Comments

Comments

Kendel White's picture

It's nice to see another symphony lover garner the spotlight.  As I like to say, a day without Mozart (or any classical music) is a day wasted.  Congratulations on being highlighted this week.

Film Festival Press127's picture

Jeff, as someone who loves film, you CANNOT have too many DVDs.  And as someone who loves books (and has written seven so far), you CANNOT have too many of those. (Especially if any of them are mine! ;-) )Who's your team in baseball?

gypsycaboose@aol.com's picture

Having bookshelves made as we speak. I feel your pain/euphoria...

Paul Riordan's picture

Greetings, Jeff, to another film noir fan! By the way, Henry Thomas is currently appearing on Netflix in the series The Haunting of Hill House.

Shaun Bishop's picture

I enjoy reading bio's of Backlot members because they recommend movies I may not have heard of or seen. I will try to see it but, Umberto D will be difficult for me to watch because (just from your synopsis) it would hurt my "soft" heart. In  my opinion, Montgomery Cliff's incredible talent was showcased in "A Place In The Sun".  I have watched that movie many times and always see something new. And I am an enthusiastic watcher of Film Noir.