Even Dwarfs Started Small (Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen)

Rated NR 96 minutes 1970

Even viewers who've seen Freaks won't be completely prepared for Werner Herzog's bizarre Even Dwarfs Started Small. The film is set in a dismal mental institution, wherein dwell several midgets, dwarfs and other oddities. Sick of being tormented and exploited by the so-called normal people of the world, the inmates stage a coup, taking over the asylum and utterly reversing the status quo (Herzog's apparent attempt to draw parallels between the events on screen and such real-life upheavals as Vietnam). As in his other films, the director imbues his misshapen characters with a sort of regal grandeur, as if to purge the German wartime atrocities against underdesirables. Herzog also produced, wrote and provided the musical arrangements for Even Dwarfs Started Small, which was initially released in Germany in 1970 (two years after its completion) as Auch Zwerge haben klein angefagen.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Werner Herzog

Writer: Werner Herzog

Cast: Helmut Döring, Gerd Gickel, Paul Glauer, Erna Gschwendtner, Pepi Hermine, Gisela Hertwig, Gerhard Maerz, Hertel Minkner, Gertrud Piccini and Marianne Saar

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