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Vince Vaughn

Feedback: Feeling Robert Altman's theatrical touch

Feedback: Feeling Robert Altman's theatrical touch

A film director's theatrical touch

Altman films are driven by the wonder of live theater, which draws us into the idiosyncratic nature of each character ["How an Altman Gem Lost a Sequel," June 7]. The interaction is conducted like great music. Unfortunately, most movie tickets are sold to eat popcorn, watch car chases, see buildings explode, follow plot twists and of course the occasional sight gag. Character is limited to stereotypes. Unfortunately, good theater doesn't pay, either in small venues or in films, as it requires the audience to tune in to new people. We can only hope that American directors who understand theater will continue to find a...