Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Saturday, September 15, 6 pm
The strangest and most disturbing of the films Bergman shot on the island of Fårö, Hour of the Wolf stars Max von Sydow as a haunted painter living in voluntary exile with his wife (Liv Ullmann). When the couple are invited to a nearby castle for dinner, things start to go wrong with a vengeance, as a coven of sinister aristocrats hastens the artist’s psychological deterioration. This gripping film is charged with a nightmarish power rare in the Bergman canon, and contains dreamlike effects that brilliantly underscore the tale’s horrific elements. 1968, Sweden, DCP, in Swedish with English subtitles, 90 minutes. Recommended for 16+.
Part of: Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema in the 1950s and 1960s: A Centennial Retrospective
No name is more synonymous with the postwar explosion of international art-house cinema than Ingmar Bergman, a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. In a career that spanned six decades, Bergman directed dozens of films in an astonishing array of tones, ranging from comedies whose lightness and complexity belie their brooding hearts, to groundbreaking formal experiments and excruciatingly intimate explorations of family relationships. This series focuses on his prolific period of filmmaking in the 1950s and 60s as his international renown grew.