in about 100 words or less
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
This 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).