This is a powerful movie. It is sort of a gothic horror movie, shot in black and white, starring Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann in the two lead roles.
'Hour of the wolf' offers a view into the life of Johan, an artist, who lives with his wife Alma and who begins to sink more and more into a world of threatening delusions, not being able any more to resist them. The movie is compact and generally well structured, with several memorable, intense scenes. An uncanny and oppressive atmosphere and tension is very well developed. Von Sydow's acting is good. The supporting cast is very well casted, and their acting is convincing. Themes are insanity and losing the ability to resist your delusions, your inner demons. And secondary: vulnerability, (unconditional) love, and humiliation.
Its unheimlich and uncanny atmosphere, somehow coming so close, hit some inner nerves in me which other movies left untouched. I consider this movie (though it has its flaws) a valuable artistic achievement of Ingmar Bergman. I do not really understand why this movie has such appeal. Weeks or even months after the first viewing `the feel' of the movie repeatedly surfaced within me, and the wish to see it once more got stronger and stronger. After a second viewing my enthusiasm was confirmed and it still holds a special place in the spectrum of my inner experiences. Some reviewer wrote that this movie `has tremendous depths if you are willing to go there'. Consider to watch it alone in the middle of the night.
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