A film direc­tor’s the­atri­cal touch

Los Angeles Times - - FEEDBACK -

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 way to get their films made. Ken Hense El Se­gundo

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