another descent into madness,
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This review is from: Hour Of The Wolf [DVD] (DVD)
I can't saw that there is anything that distinguishes this film amidst Bergman's exceptional legacy, indeed it is below average for him, which is to say it is worth a viewing.
It is the story of painter, told by his wife after his disappearance, who was retreating from the world farther and farther into himself. One of the things that is frightening about it is how his perceptions, first of apparent demons approaching him, merge into reality until most of the real people on their remote island appear inhuman. It is done with a spare scenario, wonderfully without glitzy effect, which emphasizes the starkness. His wife (Ullman) is wonderful as both a dependent woman and his principal buffer with reality. The supporting characters become increasingly predator, as does the disarray of his mind and the sudden, purposeless violence that erupts.
I guess I was disappointed because I was not drawn into the spell as deeply as I have been with his similarly themed films. Recommended, but rent it. There are far better Bergman films to buy.