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The Serpent's Egg Details


The Serpent's Egg, or Das Schlangenei is director [[Performer~P81548~Ingmar Bergman~ingmarbergman]]'s second English language production ([[Feature~V154606~The Touch~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 ([[Performer~P114863~Liv Ullmann~livullmann]] and [[Performer~P84255~David Carradine~davidcarradine]]), 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 [[Performer~P84255~David Carradine~davidcarradine]] (best known for his earlier appearances in the [[Feature~V27753~Kung Fu~kungfu]] U.S. television series) in a crucial role. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi


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


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