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Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)
"Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen" (original title)

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The inhabitants of an institution in a remote country rebel against their keepers. Their acts of rebellion are by turns humorous, boring and alarming. An allegory on the problematic nature ... See full summary »

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Helmut Döring ...
Paul Glauer ...
Erzieher
Gisela Hertwig ...
Pobrecita
Hertel Minkner ...
Chicklets
Gertrud Piccini ...
Piccini
Marianne Saar ...
Theresa
Brigitte Saar ...
Cochina
Gerd Gickel ...
Pepe
Erna Gschwendtner ...
Azucar
Gerhard Maerz ...
Territory
Alfredo Piccini ...
Anselmo
Erna Smollarz ...
Schweppes
Lajos Zsarnoczay ...
Chapparo
Pepi Hermine ...
The President
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The inhabitants of an institution in a remote country rebel against their keepers. Their acts of rebellion are by turns humorous, boring and alarming. An allegory on the problematic nature of fully liberating the human spirit, as both commendable and disturbing elements of our nature come forward. The film shows how justifiable revolt may be empowering, but may also turn to chaos and depravity. The allegory is developed in part by the fact that the film is cast entirely with dwarfs. Written by djtet@conncoll.edu

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2 February 1971 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A törpék is kicsin kezdték  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Werner Herzog promised the cast he would jump into a field of cactuses if they managed to pull through the movie. Eventually, he fulfilled his promise. See more »

Quotes

Hombré: When we behave nobody cares. But when we are bad nobody forgets.
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Referenced in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) See more »

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Herzog Dwarves a small miracle
8 August 2001 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

This film is hard going, true, but through the chaos and endless repetition can be glimpsed a kind of joy of existence. The dwarves are exaggerations of human behavior, and at the same time, human behavior distilled. Within the confines of the prison complex where the film plays, their actions become more and more outrageous, and through all this a kind of tenderness emerges in their very closeness and comeraderie. Herzog revels in pointing the mirror at his audience, making them take a closer look at themselves, and this film is as good as any example of his take on the human condition.


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