Hour of the Wolf

Screening on Film
Directed by Ingmar Bergman.
With Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Thulin.
Sweden, 1967, 35mm, black & white, 89 min.
Swedish with English subtitles.
Print source: HFA

In Bergman’s only true horror film, an artist living in seclusion on an island is haunted by visions of his past misdeeds, as recounted in flashback by his wife. Tormented by insomnia, he compels her to stay awake with him until "the hour of the wolf"—the time just before sunrise in which people die and children are born. For the artist, this time proves to be one in which his most troubled visions can be produced and his most soulful confessions can be made. Bergman set the film on Fårö, where the director has long resided. The island’s barren landscapes provide a striking backdrop for the genuinely frightening imagery that marks the painter’s descent into madness.

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Darkness Unto Light.
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