If I had to choose, this is the Bergman film for me.
. Yes, of course, there are films he made that were denser, more ept at one aspect or other of his craft. Whether writing, acting, mis-en-scène , action, cinematography, score, and so forth. But beyond the major themes, technique, and the literary and cinematic conduits of his inimitable style-motifs
One way Hour of the Wolf stands apart for me is for that sheer thrill of its bipolar horror-coaster, shrill and eloquent: a manic drill in the head but ruminatively- most disturbing at its most Camusian. It is less taut and it is the better for it. It’s his Iceman Cometh. A masterwork killer torsades de pointes