Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen)
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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A brilliant Gothic fantasy."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"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."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"One of the typical bleak psychological dramas of Ingmar Bergman."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A must for fans of horror and of Bergman. So good it makes you wish he had dabbled in the genre that bit more often."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"One of Bergman's most haunting films."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"Bergman shakes his head and intuitive horrors cascade out, all he has to do is collect image after fulminating image"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Only partly successful."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"existential dread is palpable"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"It may not be among Bergman's absolute best works, but that still makes it better than the best of most filmmakers."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Some of the images, such as one of a young boy staring at Von Sydow as he's fishing, will haunt you long afterwards."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This Bergman discourse on the nature of art and the artist's relation to society is shrouded in the trappings of gothic horror."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In Hour of the Wolf Bergman asserts the impossible nature of relationships, the ultimate inability of two people to live together without destroying one another."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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