The Serpent's Egg

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Whether stimulated by his brush with the Swedish tax-man or his brief self-imposed exile in West Germany, Bergman's paranoia runs dementedly and tediously out of control in this Grand Guignol recreation of 1923 Berlin as studio set for close encounters of the most portentous kind. Carradine is improbably cast in the central role of a Jewish trapeze artist called Abel Rosenberg, wandering innocently through a night-town world of bottles, brothels, and (inevitably) cabarets, and trying to ignore the violence, depravity and anti-semitism screeching at him from every street corner. The torments he endures, with a sadly miscast Ullmann (who's further afflicted with throwaway lines like 'I can't stand the guilt'), have indeed been devised by a foresighted mad scientist straight out of Dr Strangelove. This last-reel revelation comes too late to restore audience disbelief to its proper state of suspension.

Release details

Duration: 119 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Screenwriter: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Glynn Turman
Liv Ullmann
James Whitmore
Heinz Bennent
David Carradine
Gert Fröbe

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1.3 / 5

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Yes, the climax of this movie is definately nutty....and trippy. The worst thing about this movie; scumbag Bergman wound up killing a horse just for the movie, with a scene of the dead horse further being cut up on screen!


Both the film and Carradine's acting are all over the place. Only for Bergman completists.2.5 stars.