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.
Bergman's second English film is one of his largest productions and one of his more unusual. Carradine plays a circus performer struggling to get by in the twilight days of the crumbling Wiemar republic. His sister in law played by Liv Ullman is the more optimistic, but even she is worn down spiritually when they stay together. It's atypical because the conflict seems more literal (Nazism in Germany), but I liked it
Filme muito pouco Bergmaniano, o que talvez se explique pela sua incursão em produções alemãs, depois de abandonar a Suécia por questões fiscais, quer na realização, quer nos cenários e um argumento que se desloca do universo íntimo e pessoal para o das grandes causas. Um filme cheio de surpresas (não esperaria ver um actor como David Carradine num filme do Bergman) com a melhor interpretação que vi de Liv Ullmann.
Such a change of pace from Bergman's other works. This was the first film of his that I had watched, and having seen a number of his other films since, I had actually forgotten that Serpent's Egg was his! Love it just the same. It retains the same ethereal quality that his others do.
This film was very different to other Bergman films, The set designs and the cinematography were a lot more complicated. It was fun to see david carradine playing a jewish acrobat. A very weird film, as if to convince you to lose all hope in humanity. A prequel to WWII