An Evening with Elliott Gould and Ingmar Bergman's THE TOUCH (1971)

November 29, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts and Outside the Box [Office] invite you and a guest to attend

An Evening with Elliott Gould
and Ingmar Bergman's The Touch (1971)

Written, Directed, and Produced by Ingmar Bergman

Followed by a Q&A with Elliott Gould
Moderated by Dr. Michael Renov, SCA Vice Dean of Academic Affairs

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



35mm print provided courtesy of Svenska Filminstitutet / Swedish Film Institute.

About Elliott Gould

Elliott Gould began his acting career on Broadway in the 1960s, but it was his portrayal of Trapper John in Robert Altman's feature film M*A*S*H that marked the beginning of his extensive career in television and feature films. In 1970, at the peak of his prolific career, TIME magazine placed him on the cover, calling him a "star for an uptight age."

He received an Academy Award nomination for his role in Bob & Ted & Carol & Alice, and was the first American actor to work with renowned director Ingmar Bergman when he starred in The Touch. He has since starred in numerous feature films, including Bugsy, American History X, the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy, Contagion, Meet Ruby Sparks, A Bridge Too Far, Capricorn One, The Lady Vanishes and The Long Goodbye, among many others.

Gould’s Broadway credits include Irma La Douce, Say, Darling, I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Little Murders and Drat! The Cat! On television, he has hosted Saturday Night Live six times in addition to having many memorable roles on series, including Ray Donovan, Friends, Doubt, Law & Order and Mulaney. He currently co-stars on the CBS series 9JKL and can be seen in Ocean’s 8 alongside Sandra Bullock in 2018.

Gould was born and raised in Brooklyn and currently resides in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ElliottGould.

About Ingmar Bergman's The Touch (1971)

This was famed Swedish director Ingmar Bergman's first English-language film, the story of a contented young wife and mother whose marriage is disrupted by an inexplicable attraction. Bergman regular Bibi Andersson plays Karin Vergerus, who is married to a prominent but stodgy surgeon, Andreas (Max Von Sydow, another of Bergman's regular troupe). They live in a small town, and their marriage is peaceful but unexciting. Enter an itinerant American Jewish archaeologist, David Kovac (Elliott Gould). David's freedom to travel and live life fully is intoxicating to Karin, who yearns for adventure. But Karin still loves her husband and her family, and she ends up feeling torn between conflicting desires.

35mm print provided couresty of Svenska Filminstitutet/Swedish Film Institute. Rated R. Running time: 115 minutes. In English and Swedish, with English subtitles.


About Dr. Michael Renov (SCA Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Haskell Wexler Endowed Chair in Documentary, Moderator)

Michael Renov, professor of Critical Studies and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, is the author of Hollywood's Wartime Woman: Representation and Ideology and The Subject of Documentary, editor of Theorizing Documentary, and co-editor of Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices, Collecting Visible EvidenceThe SAGE Handbook of Film Studies and Cinema’s Alchemist: The Films of Peter Forgacs.

In 1993, Renov co-founded Visible Evidence, a series of international and highly interdisciplinary documentary studies conferences that have, to date, been held on five continents. He is one of three general editors for the Visible Evidence book series at the University of Minnesota Press, which has published 27 volumes on various aspects of nonfiction media since 1997. In 2005, he co-programmed the 51st annual Robert Flaherty Seminar, a week-long gathering of documentary filmmakers, curators, and educators, creating 20 screening programs and filmmaker dialogues on the theme "Cinema and History."

In addition to curating documentary programs around the world, he has served as a jury member at documentary festivals including Sundance, Silverdocs, the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, Brazil's It's All True, the International Environmental Festival of Film and Video, also in Brazil, and DocLisboa in Portugal. He has taught graduate seminars at the University of Stockholm, Tel Aviv University and Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and has led documentary workshops in Jordan for the Royal Film Commission and in Cyprus. Renov's teaching and research interests include documentary theory, autobiography in film and video, video art and activism, and representations of the Holocaust.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

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