“So I didn’t dream the story or the plot. I dreamed the results of it. We sense things through our skin, smells that we don’t detect, visual things that we don’t think we remember, things we hear that we don’t know we’ve heard, and temperature—and all of these things add up to a hunch. I trust hunches, because I think they are the most accurate messages we get and because they are not something you can intellectually explain. Sometimes you fool yourself, and they don’t work or they’re invalid. But so what? Your percentages of hits and misses are about the same.”

Robert Altman: Interviews