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342 Ratings

The Touch


Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, United States, 1971


Restored in its original version, Bergman’s rarely seen chronicle of a passionate affair is a major rediscovery. A happily married mother, Karin surprises herself by responding to a profession of love from David, an archaeologist visiting Sweden whom her husband Andreas has befriended.

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The Touch Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Had it not been my first Bergman film, caught on a whim at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, I might never have watched it at all—the reviews are so tepid, and Bergman himself called it his very “bottom.” But it stayed with me for years—particularly David’s bipolar rages—and pitched me into the Bergman universe.
November 09, 2018
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As usual with Bergman’s later work, this features impressive color cinematography by Sven Nykvist, who avoids the heavy-handed color-coding that would make CRIES AND WHISPERS, released the following year, such a plodding experience.
September 21, 2018
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With a prowling camera, Bergman hardly explains his characters’ outer circumstances—instead, he pursues them in their most vulnerable moments, with highly inflected, painfully intimate closeups that bare their souls.
February 23, 2018
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