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Even Dwarfs Started Small

Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen

Directed by Werner Herzog
West Germany, 1970
Comedy, Drama, Horror


In a police station a dwarf is seated on a chair. He is photographed and then interrogated about acts of violence he committed during a revolt. The story thus turns back in time, to when the dwarfs, detained in a correction facility, took advantage of the director’s absence to rebel.

Even Dwarfs Started Small Directed by Werner Herzog

Critics reviews

[Herzog’s] second feature, Even Dwarfs is spectacular and confounding. It lacks the oppressive artiness of his nature documentaries (Fata Morgana) or the hilarious dourness of his inky-midnight-of-the-soul tragedies (Aguirre: The Wrath of God). Herzog is fascinated by our compulsion towards defiance and the utter futility of that urge.
July 22, 2014
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That the film is cast entirely with dwarves makes it a curiosity, but it also makes it impossible to assume anything else about the universe the film exists within; many reviews say that it’s set in a mental institution, but it seems just as likely to be a reform school or a utopian-society-gone-wrong, or another world altogether. Wanton destruction is possible and shocking anywhere, but wanton destruction combined with such strong images make EVEN DWARFS a film worth watching.
April 05, 2013
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