Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen) (1968)


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In this film, Max von Sydow plays a painter who, while spending a summer in seclusion with his pregnant wife Liv Ullmann, is visited by bizarre and disturbing visions. Before long, Ullmann is also experiencing her husband's hallucinations; one of these advises Ullmann to read Von Sydow's revealing diary.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Classics
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Written By: Ingmar Bergman
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On DVD: Apr 27, 2004



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Critic Reviews for Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

A brilliant Gothic fantasy.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Hour of the Wolf is not one of Bergman's great films but it is unthinkable for anyone seriously interested in movies not to see it.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

If we allow the images to slip past the gates of logic and enter the deeper levels of our mind, and if we accept Bergman's horror story instead of questioning it, Hour of the Wolf works magnificently.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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This 1967 effort is one of Bergman's most outlandish, with its pack of ghouls and its heavy suggestions of exhibitionism, necrophilia, and homosexuality -- a magnificent failure.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Bergman shakes his head and intuitive horrors cascade out, all he has to do is collect image after fulminating image

Full Review… | October 26, 2009

Some of the images, such as one of a young boy staring at Von Sydow as he's fishing, will haunt you long afterwards.

Full Review… | August 11, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen)

gorgeous to look at and creepy as hell. max von sydow's dreams invade real life and not only his own

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Hour of the Wolf deals with the haunting of creatives and artists and the effect it has on others. Indeed, the film has a very haunting quality about it too which Bergman has opened up to the audience in a way that only a master film maker can do. Max von Sydow plays the aloof painter well but it's Liv Ullmann as his suffering wife who really steals the show. Shot, like much of his work around this time, in the cold desolate coastline to great effect. Not my favourite Bergman film at all but a great horror film and a huge influence on the generation of film makers to come. I wonder if Rosemary's Baby was influenced by Hour of the Wolf?

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

as with many bergman films, i toiled for some time to find a worthwhile and redeemable interpretation, but thankfully, this one gained a slight amount of clarity by the end. not in line with bergman's more masterful works, but not as bad as his overdone floundering films either. some of the dialogue was interesting and max von sydow was convincing as usual.

danny d

Super Reviewer

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