The Serpent's Egg
- Original title
Das Schlangenei (The Serpent's Egg)
- Running time
- 120 min.
- Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Rolf A. Wilhelm
David Carradine, Liv Ullmann, Gert Fröbe, Heinz Bennent, James Whitmore, Glynn Turman, Gunther Malzacher, Walter Schmidinger, Charles Régnier, Isolde Barth, Edith Heerdegen, Kyra Mladeck, Irene Steinbeisser
Co-production Germany - West Germany (FRG)-United States-Sweden;
Bavaria Film, De Laurentiis, Rialto Film, ZDF
Drama. Mystery | 1920s
- In November of 1923, in a Berlin where a pack of cigarettes costs four million marks and people has lost faith in the present and future days, the alcoholic and unemployed American acrobat Abel Rosenberg loses his brother Max, who has just committed suicide after feeling depressed for a period. Seeing the modifications in the behavior of people, but without clearly understanding the reasons, Abel moves to the room of his former sister-in-law Manuela Rosenberg, who works in a cabaret in the night and in a whorehouse in the morning. Together, they move to a small apartment near to the clinic of their acquaintance, Professor Hans Vergerus, who gives a job opportunity to Abel in his clinic. While working in the place, Abel discloses the evil truth behind the researches of Hans.
- Critics' reviews
"The Serpent's Egg lacks both the strength and depth of Bergman's major work"
"A melodrama that never quite makes any connection to the characters within it."
Vincent Canby: The New York Times
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