Cinema: A Day on the Bergmanstrasse

Sweden's most prominent citizen fled into exile last April. "1 was on the edge of madness," says Director Ingmar Bergman. "For the first time in my life, the movie theater in my mind dimmed its lights. I slept without dreams. I was choking ... gasping for air. I had no choice but to flee." Harassed by Swedish tax authorities, Bergman and his wife Ingrid settled in Munich, where he began working on his first non-Swedish film.

The Serpent's Egg is the costliest ($4 million) and most audacious movie Bergman has attempted. It is the...

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