Hour of the Wolf
- Original title
Vargtimmen (Hour of the Wolf)
- Running time
- 88 min.
Lars Johan Werle
Sven Nykvist (B&W)
Max von Sydow,
Drama. Horror | Psychological Drama. Surrealism
- Synopsis / Plot
- This surreal Gothic drama by Swedish master Ingmar Bergman stars Max von Sydow as Johan, a troubled artist who is literally haunted by demons from his past, and Liv Ullmann as his loving wife Alma, who eventually experiences the same nightmarish delusions. A local aristocrat (Erland Josephson) and his clan, who reside in a forbidding castle and appear to possess supernatural powers, might have a hand in Johan’s undoing. The film is told mostly in retrospect after Johan has disappeared, leaving behind only a diary from which his mental and emotional decline (perhaps an allegory on the difficulties of the creative process, one of Bergman’s favorite themes) can be reconstructed. Borrowing stylistic elements from classic Hollywood horror movies and occasionally featuring graphic material (one scene prompted a contemporary reviewer to recommend averting one’s eyes from the screen), this unusual (black-and-white) film also retains the psychological astuteness and technical finesse that earned Bergman worldwide critical acclaim and his status as Sweden’s premier filmmaker.
: National Board of Review: Best Actress (Liv Ullman).
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