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Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)

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Original title: Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen

DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 14, 1999

Budget USD 200,000

Running Time
1 hour, 36 minutes

Country West Germany

Studio Herzog Productions

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Other Titles
• Even Dwarfs Started Small
• Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen
• Midgets Also Began Small

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Genre: Drama, Horror, Disturbing, Cult Classic, Suspense, Surreal, Mental Institution

Plot: Director Werner Herzog's second feature film is a triumph of cinematic irreverence and uncompromising creativity. A cast that's comprised entirely of dwarfs stages an uproarious and chaotic rebellion in a remote and picturesque mountain asylum of undetermined purpose. Shot in harsh yet sumptuous black and white, the film features the upturned idyll of the sanitarium playing host to the erotically obsessed and absurdly acting dwarfs as they create a microcosm of the real world’s ridicules. Unforgettable images, such as a group of blind dwarfs wearing oversize darkened goggles while hobbling along a mountain path and a dwarf couple attempting to consummate their relationship by leaping from a stack of magazines onto the conjugal bed, make EVEN DWARFS STARTED SMALL a thoroughly challenging visual experience as well as a compelling allegory for society and its outcasts. As the visual absurdity of the film reaches a sort of slow-motion fever pitch, Herzog’s innate humanism injects the seemingly inhuman scenario with a deep pathos that captures viewers' attention as well as sympathy.

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 Directed by
Werner Herzog
Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo
 Written by
Werner Herzog
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 Music By
Florian Fricke
Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle - Kaspar Hauser

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