The Serpent's Egg
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Serpent's Egg lacks both the strength and depth of Bergman's major work. By going outwardly international, the master becomes perilously close to becoming shallow as well."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie is a cry of pain and protest, a loud and jarring assault, but it is not a statement and it is certainly not a whole and organic work of art."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's an awkward, damp and barren film with miscast stars and filled with pretentious dialogue."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"By now ripe for rediscovery and reappraisal as an intensely personal work unlike anything else in Bergman's filmography."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Bergman's paranoia runs dementedly and tediously out of control."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Ingmar Bergman comes very close to camp in this 1977 study of life (or lack thereof) in the decaying Berlin of the 20s."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The Serpent's Egg (1977) was Bergman's only English-language film, and it's also one of his most bitterly depressing and impenetrable."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A rare Bergman misfire."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"A melodrama that never quite makes any connection to the characters within it."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Bergman's magic lantern now documents horrific experiments"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A heavy film, but lacking the insight of much of Bergman's other work."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In spite of the film's obvious differences from Bergman's earlier work, it nonetheless explores many of his favorite themes, particularly from the "island" films."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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