The Touch

Date: 
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Lightbox Film Center 3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

With his first English-language film, Ingmar Bergman delivered a compelling portrait of conflicting desires. In The Touch, a chance encounter between seemingly contented housewife Karin (Bibi Andersson) and David (Elliott Gould), an intense American archaeologist scarred by his family’s past, leads to the initiation of a torrid and tempestuous affair – one that eventually threatens the stability of Karin’s marriage to a respected local surgeon (Max von Sydow). Upon its release, the filmmaker declared this emotionally complex and sensitively performed film to be his first real love story.

Followed by a Members-Only Reception including an exclusive POWERS Irish Whiskey tasting and ‘70s-themed snacks.

Solid Gould: Elliot Gould in the 1970s

If you had to choose one actor who best defines the Hollywood Renaissance of the 1970s, it would be the versatile, charismatic Elliott Gould.

Thanks mostly to a career-defining role in Paul Mazursky’s 1969 comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Gould became one of American cinema’s most in-demand leading men at a time when Hollywood was redefining what exactly a leading man was. It was Robert Altman who launched Gould into the decade as the mischievous Trapper John McIntyre in M*A*S*H. Gould again worked with Altman three more times in the early part of the decade, including starring roles in The Long Goodbye and California Split. With an informal, rough-around-the-edges charm, the hirsute Gould straddled the line between everyman and New Hollywood chic. Not all of his appearances were box office sensations, but he holds the distinction of being the first Hollywood actor to star in an Ingmar Bergman film (The Touch). A closer look at his career reveals how Elliott Gould rode the highs and lows of American film with aplomb, making even the smallest roles entirely his own.

This month, Lightbox salutes the inimitable Elliott Gould with eight classics from the decade that made him a star.

Photo credit: Lightbox Film Center

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