Hour of the Wolf

Hour of the Wolf

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Hour of the Wolf

The Hour of the Wolf (original Swedish title: Vargtimmen) is Ingmar Bergman's spin on the demons that plague his fellow creative artists. 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, an old, faceless woman, advises Ullmann to read Von Sydow's diary. Doing so, Ullmann discovers that her husband has been cheating on her with Ingrid Thulin. In the subsequent domestic squabble, Von Sydow shoots and wounds his wife. The artist's punishment for this behavior is to have his lover, now dead, spring back to life and humiliate him in full view of Ullmann. Hour of the Wolf has something to say about the dangers of artists becoming too self-centered and self-involved; one hopes that most artists are not as thoroughly punished (or punishable) as Max Von Sydow.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2004
UPC: 0027616911353
Original Release: 1968
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:33:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Brand-new digital film transfer presented in the original aspect ratio (1.33:1); Original Swedish audio (mono); English, French and Spanish language subtitles; "The Search for Sanity" featurette; On-camera interviews with Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson; Audio commentary by Ingmar Bergman biographer Marc Gervais; Ingmar Bergman at Work and Hour of the Wolf photo galleries; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liv Ullmann Alma
Max von Sydow Johan
Erland Josephson Baron Von Merkens
Gertrud Fridh Corinne Von Merkens
Bertil Anderberg Ernst Von Merkens
Georg Rydeberg Lindhorst
Ulf Johansson Curator Heerbrand
Naima Wifstrand Lady with the hat
Lenn Hjortzberg Kreisler
Gudrun Brost Gamla Fru von Merkens
Agda Helin Maid at the von Merkens'
Mikael Rundquist Boy in dream
Mona Seilitz Corpse in mortuary
Folke Sundquist Tamino in puppet theater
Ingrid Thulin Veronica Vogler

Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director,Screenwriter
Evald Andersson Special Effects
Alan Blair Songwriter
Lars-Owe Carlberg Producer
Mago Costumes/Costume Designer
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Ulla Ryghe Editor
Marik Vos-Lundh Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Lars Johan Werle Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Lonesome Home [9:40]
2. Drawing the Monsters [7:09]
3. 216-Year-Old Advice [2:45]
4. Johan's Diary [2:37]
5. Bruised and Nervous [3:43]
6. The Chatty Curator [1:43]
7. Detailed Accounting [2:55]
8. Dinner With Artistocrats [4:57]
9. A Diverting Puppet Show [6:51]
10. The Vogler Scandal [3:54]
11. Hour of the Wolf [4:43]
12. Not a Snake Bite [7:30]
13. A Gun and Veronica [:04]
14. The Old Harlot's Desires [5:52]
15. Up the Wall With Jealousy [2:07]
16. To Better Hear the Music [2:35]
17. Ready for the Occasion [2:02]
18. A Lover's Reunion [2:49]
19. Alma and the Cannibals [5:16]
20. Too Much Love? [5:37]

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