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The Touch

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Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow, Elliott Gould, Staffan Hallerstam,

Bergman’s first film in English (made for ABC Pictures) stars Bibi Andersson as a seemingly happy Swedish housewife who leaves her husband (Max von Sydow) for a visiting American archaeologist (Elliott Gould). Member of a family of concentration camp survivors, bohemian and prone to violent outbursts, the archaeologist possesses a rage far removed from the heroine’s bourgeois existence; their entire affair, in fact, seems designed to destroy, rather than create, security. Met with scathing reviews during its original release, The Touch remains a little-seen curio, but many critics found interest in Andersson’s brilliant performance and Bergman’s continuing investigation of religion and the nature of freedom. 

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Sven Nykvist
  • English
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 115 mins
  • Janus Films

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Ingmar Bergman's magic lantern: life as art in retrospect (program note), Hopkins Center of Dartmouth College, Ulrike Rainer, 1988

The films of Ingmar Bergman (program note), New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.), Jim Monaco, 1973

I live at the edge of a very strange country (article), Richard Meryman, 1971

The touch (review), Variety, Robert F. Hawkins, 1971

The affirmation of living pain (review), Village Voice, Molly Haskell, 1971

The touch (review), Monthly Film Bulletin, Jan Dawson, 1971

Cursed be my tribe : A second look at The Touch (article), James Paul Gay

The touch (distributor materials)

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