The Serpent's Egg

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One rainy night in Weimar Berlin, Jewish American circus performer Abel Rosenberg (David Carradine) discovers that his brother Max, his trapeze-act partner, has killed himself. What follows is one of Bergman’s darkest and most fearful visions, as the... read more

One rainy night in Weimar Berlin, Jewish American circus performer Abel Rosenberg (David Carradine) discovers that his brother Max, his trapeze-act partner, has killed himself. What follows is one of Bergman’s darkest and most fearful visions, as the drowned-in-drink Abel and Max’s ex-wife, cabaret singer Manuela (Liv Ullmann), feel increasingly unwelcome in a menacing and destitute city, eyed by the police as well as a scientist with diabolical intentions. The director’s sole big-budget Hollywood production, for which he created a surreal and atmospheric Berlin on a Munich soundstage, The Serpent’s Egg conjures a Kafkaesque nightmare about the decaying society that gave rise to the horrors of Nazism.

Original Release

10/28/1977

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Cast

David Carradine Abel Rosenberg
Liv Ullmann Manuela Rosenberg
Heinz Bennent Hans Vergerus
Gert Frobe Inspector Bauer
Isolde Barth la fille en uniforme
Toni Berger Monsieur Rosenberg
Christian Berkel Student
Richard Bohne l'officier de police
Paula Braend Madame Hemse
Erna Brünell Madame Rosenberg
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Ingmar Bergman

Writers

Ingmar Bergman

Cast

David Carradine Abel Rosenberg
Liv Ullmann Manuela Rosenberg
Heinz Bennent Hans Vergerus
Gert Frobe Inspector Bauer
Isolde Barth la fille en uniforme
Toni Berger Monsieur Rosenberg
Christian Berkel Student
Richard Bohne l'officier de police
Paula Braend Madame Hemse
Erna Brünell Madame Rosenberg
Fritz Strassner Doktor Soltermann
James Whitmore Priester
Kai Fischer Hure
Andrea L'Arronge Gardemädchen
Gaby Dohm Frau mit Kind
Charles Regnier Arzt
Günter Meisner Convict
Glynn Turman Monroe
Ellen Umlauf Hostess
Paul Bürks Cabaret Comedian (as Paul Buerks)

Producers

Editors

Jutta Hering

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