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Hour of the Wolf (1968)

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Original title: Vargtimmen

Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes

Country Sweden

Production Companies
Svensk Filmindustri (SF)

Studio Swedish Film Production

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• Vargtimmen (1968)
• Hour of the Wolf
• Die Stunde des Wolfs (1968)
• The Hour of the Wolf
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Genre: Horror, Surreal, Psychodrama, Marriage, Infidelity, Supernatural

Tagline: "The Hour of the Wolf" is the hour between night and dawn. It is the hour when most people die. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fear, when ghosts and demons are most powerful.

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.

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 Directed by
Ingmar Bergman
Persona, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries
 Written by
Ingmar Bergman
Faithless, The Best Intentions, Bergmanova sonata
Max von Sydow
Minority Report, The Exorcist, Rush Hour 3
Liv Ullmann
Persona, A Bridge Too Far, Cries and Whispers
Gertrud Fridh
Wild Strawberries, The Magician, Djävulens öga
Georg Rydeberg
Göta kanal
Erland Josephson
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Cries and Whispers, Prospero's Books
Naima Wifstrand
Wild Strawberries, Smiles of a Summer Night, The Magician
Ulf Johansson
Smiles of a Summer Night, Shame, Trollflöjten
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