Unavailable for decades, the BFI are proud to present Ingmar Bergman’s The Touch for its first Blu-ray release anywhere in the world..
Karin (Bibi Andersson), a happily married mother of two, surprises herself by responding in-kind to an unforeseen profession of love from David (Elliott Gould), an archaeologist visiting Sweden, whom her doctor husband (Max von Sydow) has befriended. But love, however toxically exhilarating, is seldom simple, and deceit and David’s volatile temperament take their toll. The Touch marked the first time Bergman worked with an established Hollywood star (Gould).
Originally released in a fully English language version, this presentation of The Touch is a new 2K restoration by the Swedish Film Institute from the original negatives of Bergman’s preferred Swedish/English cut.
•Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
•Ingmar Bergman (1971, 53 mins): on-set documentary on the making of The Touch
•In Conversation with Liv Ullmann (2018, 72 mins): the actress interviewed on stage by Geoff Andrew at BFI Southbank
•Sheila Reid: The Touch (2018, 21 mins): the only British actress to appear in a Bergman film recalls working on The Touch in an exclusive interview for this release
•Illustrated booklet with writing by Geoff Andrew and Vic Pratt, and full film credits