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The Serpent's Egg, or Das Schlangenei is director Ingmar Bergman's second English language production (Ingmar Bergman 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 David Carradine U.S. television series) in a crucial role. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast

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

Crew

Ingmar Bergman
Director
Horst Wendlandt
Producer
Dino de Laurentiis
Producer
Ingmar Bergman
Screenwriter
Ingmar Bergman
Screen Story
Sven Nykvist
Cinematographer
Rolf Wilhelm
Composer (Music Score)
Petra Von Oelffen
Editor
Rolf Zehetbauer
Production Designer
Friedrich Thaler
Art Director
Werner Achmann
Art Director
Horst Wendlandt
Executive Producer
Charlotte Flemming
Costume Designer
Heino Hallhuber
Choreography
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