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Ingmar Bergman

The Serpent’s Egg

Das Schlangenei

David Carradine stars as a trapeze artist who mourns his brother with the help of his brother’s ex.

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West Germany-USA 1977
Dir Ingmar Bergman
With Liv Ullmann, David Carradine, Gert Fröbe, Heinz Bennent
English subtitles
Certificate 18

Made during Bergman’s exile in Munich and set in Berlin in 1923, this centres on an Jewish trapeze artist and paranoid alcoholic (Carradine), traumatised by his brother’s suicide but seeking consolation with the latter’s cabaret-singer ex (Ullmann). An acerbic, authentically grim vision of life in Weimar Germany, in its finest scenes the film attains a nightmarish intensity reminiscent of Lang or Kafka.


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