The Serpent's Egg (film)  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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The Serpent's Egg is a 1977 United States / West German co-produced film (with English and German dialogue) directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring David Carradine as Abel Rosenberg, which is set in 1920s Berlin. This was Bergman's one and only Hollywood film. The title is taken from a line spoken by Brutus in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar:

And therefore think him as a serpent's egg

Which hatch'd, would, as his kind grow mischievous;

And kill him in the shell.


Abel Rosenberg is an American Jew in Berlin post-world war I. Poverty and inflation have destroyed the German economy. He lives with his sister-in-law Manuela, a prostitute and cabaret performer. The film takes place in the week following his brother's death. Abel takes a job offered by an acquaintance, Professor Hans Vergerus.

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