HOUR OF THE WOLF

Director Ingmar Bergman
Year 1968
Starring Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson
Run Time 90min
More Info IMDb

Screening in 35mm as part of the series The Influences of David Lynch!

While seeking respite on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife (Liv Ullmann), a painter (Max von Sydow) has an emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires. His wife, attempting to understand and save her husband, begins to see the very demons, real or not, who taunt him – the Bird-Man, the 216-year-old Lady With the Hat and removable face, his mistress Veronika Vogler, and Baron von Merkens, the owner of the secluded island they live on, who recasts The Magic Flute as a horror story and who throws a dinner party in Borg’s honor that isn’t dissimilar from the one in TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.

This is Ingmar Bergman's brilliant spin on the demons that plague his fellow artists, as his imagined monsters threaten to possess their creator and disappear him into the darkness behind the brain. Named for the hour between darkness and dawn when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fear and when ghosts and demons are most powerful, HOUR OF THE WOLF is one of Bergman’s most personal films, a sinister piece of self-recrimination, as August Strindberg rewrote Dracula. Shot in hauntingly beautiful black and white by the great master Sven Nykvist, this film has deeply influenced the nightmarish dreamworlds of the cinema of David Lynch.

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