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Das Schlangenei (1977)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  15 February 1978 (USA)
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Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World... See full summary »

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Cast

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Manuela Rosenberg
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Inspector Bauer (as Gert Froebe)
Heinz Bennent ...
Hans Vergerus
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toni Berger ...
Mr. Rosenberg
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Student
Paula Braend ...
Mrs. Hemse
Erna Brünell ...
Mrs. Rosenberg (as Erna Bruenell)
Paul Bürks ...
Cabaret Comedian (as Paul Buerks)
Gaby Dohm ...
Woman with baby
Emil Feist ...
Miser
Kai Fischer ...
Prostitute
Georg Hartmann ...
Hollinger
Edith Heerdegen ...
Mrs. Holle
Klaus Hoffmann ...
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Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World War I. When his brother commits suicide, Abel seeks refuge in the apartment of an old acquaintance Professor Veregus. Desperate to make ends meet in the war-ravaged city, Abel takes a job in Veregus' clinic, where he discovers the horrific truth behind the work of the strangely beneficent professor and unlocks the chilling mystery that drove his brother to kill himself. Written by Leigh Thomas

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15 February 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El huevo de la serpiente  »

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Budget:

DEM 12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 2,359,946 (Sweden)
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Actor David Carradine's tendency to fall asleep on the set during shooting days caused some production conflict during principal photography on the picture. See more »

Goofs

The Nazi-looking thugs that are beating up people are wearing Model 1943 German army caps and 1940s style clothing. This film is supposed to take place in the 1920s. See more »

Quotes

Abel Rosenberg: I wake up from a nightmare and find that real life is worse than the dream.
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Not a really Bergman film
6 October 2005 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

The film is interesting, of course -it tells about the rise of Nazi power. But this is the less "bergmanian" film of Ingmar Bergman. It's not an intimate portrait of people -as the Swedish director always does. Here we have a big budget movie, with many actors... Although the presence of Liv Ullmann, Bergman loses his targets. On one side he wants to analyze a period, on the other one he has to follow more mainstream rules -because he works for a big budget production. As a result he "fails" (it's a big word) in both things -although the film is not a failure.

We feel Ingmar Bergman is not really at ease. This is not his natural dimension -he's a super director because he has an extraordinary ability of understanding neurosis and anxieties, his favorite context are the relationships among a few people. In "The Serpent's Egg" these trademark are really minor.


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