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Serpent's Egg
     

The Serpent's Egg

Director: Ingmar Bergman

Cast: Liv Ullmann, David Carradine, Gert Fröbe

 

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The Serpent's Egg, or Das Schlangenei is director Ingmar Bergman's second English language production (The Touch was his first). It is, however, his first completely non-Swedish production, made after his voluntary self-exile from Sweden over taxation issues. Set in Berlin in the early 1920s, it explores the fear

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The Serpent's Egg, or Das Schlangenei is director Ingmar Bergman's second English language production (The Touch was his first). It is, however, his first completely non-Swedish production, made after his voluntary self-exile from Sweden over taxation issues. Set in Berlin in the early 1920s, it explores the fear and despair the city evokes in Manuela and Abel Rosenberg (Liv Ullmann and David Carradine), two Jewish trapeze artists. The suicide of Manuela's husband (Abel's brother), has stranded them in Berlin. Berlin is shown to already possess the sinister elements of cruelty and anti-Semitism which laid the groundwork for the later Nazi takeover. A series of misadventures gets them sent to a medical clinic for treatment. However, the clinic is actually a site for Nazi-type "racial" experiments on humans, which generally either madden or kill the subjects. Das Schlangenei was savaged by the critics for its improbable-seeming story and more particularly, for casting David Carradine (best known for his earlier appearances in the Kung Fu U.S. television series) in a crucial role.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2004
UPC:
0883904128656
Original Release:
1977
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liv Ullmann Manuela Rosenberg
David Carradine Abel Rosenberg
Gert Fröbe Inspector Bauer
Heinz Bennent Dr. Hans Vergerus
James Whitmore The Priest
Paul Barks Cabaret Comedian
Ema Brunell Mrs. Rosenberg
Emil Feist Cupid
Kai Fischer Actor
George Hartmann Hollinger
Harry Kalenberg Couil's Doctor
Glynn Thomas Monroe
Ralf Wolter Actor
Isolde Barth Girl in guard uniform
Toni Berger Mr. Rosenberg
Paula Braend Mrs. Hemse
Paul Burian Experiment person
Gaby Dohm Woman with baby
Hans Eichler Max Rosenberg
Heino Hallhuber "Bride"
Edith Heerdegen Mrs. Holle
Rosemarie Heinikel Girl in guard uniform
Grischa Huber Stella
Andrea L'Arronge Girl in guard uniform
Gunther Malzacher Husband
Lisi Mangold Mikaela
Beverly McNeely Girl in guard uniform
Günter Meisner Actor
Kyra Mladeck Miss Dorst
Hans Quest Dr. Silbermann
Charles Regnier Doctor
Walter Schmidinger Solomon
Fritz Strassner Dr. Soltermann
Hertha Von Walther Woman in street
Wolfgang Weiser Civil servant
Renate Grosser Prostitute
Ellen Umlauf Hostess
Christian Berkel Student
Glynn Turman Monroe

Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Werner Achmann Art Director
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Charlotte Flemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Heino Hallhuber Choreography
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Petra Von Oelffen Editor
Friedrich Thaler Art Director
Horst Wendlandt Executive Producer
Rolf Wilhelm Score Composer
Rolf Zehetbauer Production Designer

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