Paul Steffes from Chicago, IL

@PaulSteffes5 on Twitter


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

I want to answer the question by saying “what don’t I do?” I’m a mixed media artist, I’m a small time antique dealer selling leather goods and collectible items on eBay, I’ve held many jobs and was a volunteer docent for the Chicago Architectural Foundation for 15 years until I had to go on disability due to health reasons.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Old fashioned lightly buttered popcorn with no salt or less messy pretzels or peanuts.


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

Hands down Noir Alley hosted by Eddie Muller.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

Film Noir. French New Wave. Italian Neorealism.


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

Italian Filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007). He was a modernist, his work represented a profound shift in film culture. I like his use of long shots that usually had a background of empty urban landscape with modern architecture.


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

Martin Scorsese. I would thank him for his work in film preservation with The Film Foundation and World Cinema Foundation. I would tell him that I’ve enjoyed his talks on film and how it’s turned me on to gems like Gene Tierney’s performance in the 1945 film Leave Her to Heaven.


What do you collect?

What don’t I collect! I have an extension collection of miniature souvenir buildings in different scales, a huge collection of new & vintage 1:43 Scale automobiles, artifacts from the 1915 Pan America Expo and the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Many, many Postcards. Great Lake rocks with holes in them and pine cones from California and Wisconsin.


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

Murder by Contract, 1958 directed by Irving Lerner.

I have a long list of favorite movies that is often in rotation.


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Linda Baymore's picture

Can’t wait to see the magazine to help me see into the movies, so happy to be a backlot member. Thank You!

Shaun Bishop's picture

Hi Paul,
I purchased the book you are receiving as a gift. I really enjoyed it from cover to cover. I think you will too! It's wonderful to have you as a Backlot member.