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Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)

West Germany 96m, B&W
Director: Werner Herzog; Cast: Helmut Döring, Paul Glauer , Gisela Hertwig, Hertel Minkner, Gertrud Piccini, Marianne Saar, Brigitte Saar, Gerd Gickel

even_dwarfs_started_small_1970This is an extraordinarily strange film, even for Werner Herzog who attempts to turn the stereotypical “Wizard of Oz” image of little people on its head by presenting them as angry and cruel inmates of a prison which they take over as a protest for inadequate living conditions. As the events unfold, the rebelling inmates are overtaken by a mob mentality which leads to increasingly violent and bizarre behavior including: rock throwing, window breaking, the destruction of a truck, initiating a cock-fight, setting fires, killing a pig, and leading a procession with a monkey tied to a crucifix. This mayhem is enhanced by incessant shouting and the maniacal laughter of the inmates as they increasingly lose control of their senses (Klaus Ming March 2010).


2 comments on “Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)

  1. Hoosier X

    As far as I’m concerned, this is Herzog’s best movie. When I got it from Netflix, I watched it twice the same day. Right off-hand, I can’t think of any other time when I’ve watched a movie twice in the same day.

    (Well, except that time when I was a kid when we were at the theater and my brother and I persuaded my mother to let us sit through Peter Pan again.)

    • Klaus

      I definitely have a soft spot for this one as well. If you haven’t listened to Herzog’s commentary on this film – it is well worth it.

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