The tepid reputation is baffling. "The Serpent's Egg" is an organic, often nightmarish odyssey into the bowels of a poverty stricken, morally bankrupt postwar Germany. Glides on Bergman's boundless empathy for his characters and atmospheric photography. Carradine isn't miscast; his character is vitally incompatible with his environment. Ullmann is heartbreaking.
This film is criminally underrated. Regarded as one of the great Ingmar Bergman’s worst films by critics and Bergman himself, this film has been ridiculed for its ridiculous plot and awkward acting. While the plot might admittedly be quite foolish, if read from a more sociological approach, the film’s subtle greatness, albeit a rather logically flawed one, comes to light.