Bergman defines “The Hour of the Wolf” as

“The time between midnight and dawn when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most palatable. It is the hour when the sleepless are pursued by their sharpest anxieties, when ghosts and demons hold sway. The hour of the wolf is also the hour when most children are born." 

Isn’t it so that old people who have been living together all their lives begin to resemble each other? In the end, they have so much in common that not only their thoughts, but also their faces take on the same expression. I want us to grow so old together that we think each other’s thoughts, that we get small, dried-up, wrinkled faces that are exactly alike.
—  Hour Of The Wolf (1968), Dir. Ingmar Bergman

That time around 4 am is known as “the hour of the wolf” the time of the night when the body’s activity is at its lowes, the melatonin levels are at its highest, body temperature and blood pressure reach their lowest levels and metabolism goes down, the conditions for being awake is at its worst at this particular time, all of these factors means that you usually sleep through these hours, but if you wake up, the body is extra vulnerable, and you usually don’t feel so good. Your psychological defenses are down, and the things you hide and fear might become very apparent, the hour of the wolf is the hour between night and dawn, it is the hour when most people die, the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest angst, when ghosts and demons are most powerful - The Hour of the Wolf by Ingmar Bergman


“When I decide to portray a part, I can never completely hide who I am, what I am. At the point of identification, the audience encounters a person, not a role, not an actress. A face to face. It’s what I know about women. It’s what I have experienced, what I’ve seen. That’s what I want to share with you.”

Liv Ullmann
Born December 16, 1938