The Serpent's Egg

  • 1977
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Set in poverty-stricken Berlin in 1923, Bergman's first film made outside of Sweden is a dark tale of murder, alcoholism, and inhumanity. At the center of the story are Carradine and his former sister-in-law, Ullmann, who once participated in a circus act together with her husband (his brother). She now makes ends meet as a prostitute, and he comes looking...read more

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Set in poverty-stricken Berlin in 1923, Bergman's first film made outside of Sweden is a dark tale of murder, alcoholism, and inhumanity. At the center of the story are Carradine and his former sister-in-law, Ullmann, who once participated in a circus act together with her husband (his

brother). She now makes ends meet as a prostitute, and he comes looking for her after her husband kills himself. Other familiar corpses also end up in the morgue before Ullman and the alcoholic Carradine, who has been questioned by the police, take up residence at a clinic run by Carradine's

childhood friend, Bennent, who conducts cruel experiments on human subjects. A heavy film, but lacking the insight of much of Bergman's other work, THE SERPENT'S EGG was a failure both at the box office and with the critics. Visually, however, it bears the distinctive stamp of Bergman and his

frequent collaborator, famed cinematographer Sven Nykvist. (In English.)

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  • Released: 1977
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Set in poverty-stricken Berlin in 1923, Bergman's first film made outside of Sweden is a dark tale of murder, alcoholism, and inhumanity. At the center of the story are Carradine and his former sister-in-law, Ullmann, who once participated in a circus act… (more)

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