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Synopsis: Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World War I. When his brother commits suicide, Abel seeks refuge in the apartment of an old acquaintance Professor Veregus. Desperate to make ends meet in the war-ravaged city, Abel takes a job in Veregus' clinic, where he discovers the horrific truth behind the work of the strangely beneficent professor and unlocks the chilling mystery that drove his brother to kill himself.
Director(s): Ingmar Bergman
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

he was some kind of genius.


...we caught a cat and tied it down.

Hans cut it open.

It was still alive.

He let me see

how its heart beat.

Fast, fast...

I ran across him again

ten years ago in Heidelberg...

...when we were there

with the circus.

Yes, I remember that.

I saw him again today.


Did you see him?

He was at the cabaret.



Its morning.

The advantage

of knowing influential people

is that you can have

real coffee for breakfast.

The fire is going nicely,

but it will take a while

before it gets really hot.

Do you get firewood the same way?

I do know a woodkeeper,

as a matter of fact.

But I dont know anyone

who can get me butter,

so youll have to eat marmalade.

Its made of chemicals,

the label says.

I owe you a dollar.

I have to keep track.

Never mind.

Well, you...

You should keep this money

before I spend it all on booze.

- Do you drink so much?

- Whenever I have the money.

Youre not going back

to the circus?

What good is it without Max?

Well, well get

a new partner, of course.

- You know thats impossible.

- I know nothing of the kind.

Well make a new number

together, just you and I.

Abel, we could make

a magical act.

I know a marvelous magician.

Markus, you know, hes just retired.

We could take over his show.

I dont know.

Since this business

with Max, Im just...

Ever since I met Max,

youve been my big brother.

Were going to stick together now.

I wake up from a nightmare

and find that real life

is worse than the dream.

Abel, everything is all right.

We have everything we need.

I just cant figure it out.

Last night they were beating a man.

The police just turned their backs.

Abel, listen to me now.

Youre awfully tired.

Youve been drinking

much too much lately.

Im going to look after you now.

In a few days everything

will be much better. Youll see.

Well talk things over.

But now I must hurry.

I have to go to work.


Yeah, I have two jobs.

- This time of the morning?

- Yeah, this time of the morning.

- I cant be late.

- What sort of job?

Well, I dont know exactly.

Itss secret anyway.

- Secret?

- No, I was joking.

- Its an office. I stick stamps...

- What kind of office?

Its import and export.

Imm not really sure.

Whats the name of the company?

What the hell

is the name of the company?

Ferkel. Ferkel und Sohn.

Where is this office?

In Bayerstrasse.

Stop nagging me.

You sound like a jealous husband.

Ill be home around 2:00

and welll have dinner together.

Try and get hold of some meat

while we still have the money.

- Twenty-two bucks.

- Were rich.

- Herr Rosenberg?

- Yes?

Would you mind

coming in here for a moment?

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Ingmar Bergman

Ernst Ingmar Bergman (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɪŋmar ˈbærjman] ( listen); 14 July 1918 – 30 July 2007) was a Swedish director, writer, and producer who worked in film, television, theatre and radio. Considered to be among the most accomplished and influential filmmakers of all time, Bergman's renowned works include Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), The Silence (1963), Persona (1966), Cries and Whispers (1972), Scenes from a Marriage (1973), and Fanny and Alexander (1982). Bergman directed over sixty films and documentaries for cinematic release and for television, most of which he also wrote. He also directed over 170 plays. From 1953, he forged a powerful creative partnership with his full-time cinematographer Sven Nykvist. Among his company of actors were Harriet and Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Gunnar Björnstrand, Erland Josephson, Ingrid Thulin and Max von Sydow. Most of his films were set in Sweden, and numerous films from Through a Glass Darkly (1961) onward were filmed on the island of Fårö. His work often deals with death, illness, faith, betrayal, bleakness and insanity. Philip French referred to Bergman as "one of the greatest artists of the 20th century [...] he found in literature and the performing arts a way of both recreating and questioning the human condition." Mick LaSalle argued, "Like Virginia Woolf and James Joyce in literature, Ingmar Bergman strove to capture and illuminate the mystery, ecstasy and fullness of life, by concentrating on individual consciousness and essential moments." more…

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