Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Gertrud Fridh, Georg Rydeberg, Erland Josephson, Naima Wifstrand, Ulf Johansson, Gudrun Brost, Bertil Anderberg,
In the first film, the island trilogy (the HOUR of the WOLF, SHAME, the INTENSITY), filmed on the island of Fårö, the clash of positive and negative forces, which are intricately channeled in a relationship mentally ill painter, Johan (Max von Sydow) and his pregnant wife. Earthy Alma (Liv Ullmannová), illuminated inner radiance and a cell dedicated to her man, often referred to as one of the most beautiful female figures in the Bergman filmography. Her whole personality, the seething physical and mental health, powered by the archetypal force of motherhood, essentially preventing the darkness of her husband's inner world. Cit, however, in charge to share with him his anxiety chimeras, and so is allowed to be drawn into johan's pathologically troubled imagination. There, however, is already losing its secular power, and he can't man protect against the destructive terrors. After his disappearance remains Alma on the island itself, in anticipation of the baby, which, however, in the Bergman film has been born. Hope, implied at the beginning of the film in the peach blossom tree, at its end vanished: Alma zastihujeme sitting under the bare skeleton of the tree. In Bergmanových movies is often a motherhood denied just the hero, which are by nature most disposed. And conversely those that are the children of the rich, they are not a close relationship. Hour of the wolf is the time between midnight and dawn when she's dying most of the sick and give birth to the most children. It is a time when living in a deep sleep haunted by their darkest fears and nightmares. In this time come alive with ghosts and demons. It has to face Johan Borg, the painter, plagued by fear and creative crisis, who lives on a remote island far away from the people only with his pregnant wife Alma. Johan is night after night, avoiding sleep, to escape from his inner demons. During sleepless nights tells the woman strange stories, unknown whether nightmares or memories, and she just listens. Their quiet life disturb the bohemian company of an impoverished baron von Merkensa, which of the spouses invites you to his mansion at the other end of the island. During this visit buoyant company confronts Johan with his past and the nightmares suddenly turn to fact. Director Ingmar Bergman shot an existential parable about the dread, slumbering in every man, how surreal themed horror. Fantasy mixes with reality and devours heroes in the bottomless abyss of their own interior. American film criticism appreciated directed by Ingmar Bergman and the association of american filmmakers National Board of Review granted the actress Liv Ullmannová award for portrayal of the role of Alma Borgovej.