Today, listened to a discussion about Robert Altman, the director of M*A*S*H (1970) and other great films. Robert died in 2003. Tonight his wife and the author of a new biography speak at the library. Altman's belief in the authenticity of improvisation reminds me a lot of Mike Leigh, the English director...their styles of production are different, but the results feel similar to me. My favorite Leigh film is "Secrets and Lies" (1996).