Watch: The Serpent’s Egg 1977 123movies, Full Movie Online – It’s early November 1923. Jewish-American brothers Abel and Max Rosenberg and Max’s ex-wife Manuela Rosenberg had a trapeze act in a circus touring through Europe until a month ago when a wrist injury to Max sidelined the act. The three remained in Berlin, Germany generally depressed with rampant inflation leading to Abel taking up the bottle to cope. Jewish people are also being blamed for many of society’s problems, but Abel fears no reprisal against himself if he does nothing wrong. Abel and Manuela, the latter who ended up living in a rooming house on her own while working in a cabaret, are reunited when Abel must inform her that Max committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Feeling at a loss both professionally and emotionally, Abel and Manuela turn to each other for comfort and support, feeling they only truly have each other. Abel’s life becomes even more complicated when Police Inspector Bauer, who handled Max’s suicide case, questions Abel about a series of other mysterious deaths in the last month in the vicinity of where he lived, some of the people he admits to knowing if only by face. In the process, Abel begins to believe that he’s being set up to take the fall solely for being Jewish. But as Manuela tries to set up some sort of life so the two of them can be together, Abel gets caught up in unwitting circumstances that might lead to the same fate as Max and the others Abel was shown in the morgue..
Plot: Berlin, 1923. Following the suicide of his brother, American circus acrobat Abel Rosenberg attempts to survive while facing unemployment, depression, alcoholism and the social decay of Germany during the Weimar Republic.
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Better than it’s reputation
While not a masterpiece, this is also far from the mess most critics took it for. An intelligent failure (or modest success) Bergman looks at Germany in the 20s as laying the groundwork for Hitler and the Nazis.
Liv Ullman is terrific, as always. And if David Carradine is only good, not great, he certainly didn’t deserve the critical attacks he received. The nature of his character is a man so locked in passivity as to be enigmatic. You might not like that kind of character, but it’s certainly not the actor’s fault for carrying it out well!
Yes, some of it is slow, and some a bit obvious, but those charges could also be leveled against some Bergman films labeled masterpieces. As a cautionary tale of where we were once before, and could end up again, I’ve certainly seen far worse. It has some truly chilling moments. And I think seeing it again may reveal even more
Bad script fails this film
The design, locations, photography and minor character actors all are excellent. Ullman seems unsure of what she is doing and Carradine just wanders and when he speaks it’s unconvincing.
The real problem is the script as Bergman made an elementary scriptwriting error, the sort of basic thing that is criticized at a first draft stage: the protagonist is not interesting and does not change but seeks information and so he goes from place to place all documenting the sordid life in Berlin in 1923 and making portentious allusions to Nazism, but as such he has little or no dramatic action until the end when he and the audience are told exactly why and what is going on. In a book that structure might have worked but not in film.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 59 min (119 min)
Genre Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director Ingmar Bergman
Writer Ingmar Bergman
Actors Liv Ullmann, David Carradine, Gert Fröbe
Country West Germany, United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Laboratory Eastmancolor (color)
Film Length 3,300 m (1978) (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm