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Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen (1970)

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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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Werner Herzog

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Cast

Cast overview:
Helmut Döring Helmut Döring ... Hombré
Paul Glauer Paul Glauer ... Erzieher
Gisela Hertwig Gisela Hertwig ... Pobrecita
Hertel Minkner Hertel Minkner ... Chicklets
Gertrud Piccini Gertrud Piccini ... Piccini
Marianne Saar Marianne Saar ... Theresa
Brigitte Saar Brigitte Saar ... Cochina
Gerd Gickel Gerd Gickel ... Pepe
Erna Gschwendtner Erna Gschwendtner ... Azucar
Gerhard Maerz Gerhard Maerz ... Territory
Alfredo Piccini Alfredo Piccini ... Anselmo
Erna Smollarz Erna Smollarz ... Schweppes
Lajos Zsarnoczay Lajos Zsarnoczay ... Chapparo
Pepi Hermine 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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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2 February 1971 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A törpék is kicsin kezdték See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When filming the car sequence with the cast, the man who climbed on the roof of the car actually fell and was run over by the car. Amazingly, he wasn't injured, and continued filming the scene. See more »

Quotes

Hombré: When we behave nobody cares. But when we are bad nobody forgets.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 2 minutes 17 secs by the BBFC to remove a cockfight and shots of a live crucified monkey. See more »

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This is one of my favorite films ever
11 October 1999 | by FoodSee all my reviews

This film isn't just depraved and misanthropic, it's depraved and misanthropic with heart.

Despite it's grotesqueness, it depicts a fantasy of rebellion and transgression that I've loved for years. The urge to break free and destroy the confining objects and circumstances of our lives is within all of us. The potential joy of trashing and rendering inoperable our cars, the implements of our work, even our foodstuffs and houses lurks somewhere on a subconcious level, wether we are able to admit it to ourselves or not. Herzog has made an archetypal statement, very simply and unambiguously. The exhilaration of watching these laughing little people dismantle, bludgeon and set fire to their surroundings is immense

I find I have a weird empathy with the character Hombre, the small guy who happily follows the group and laughs while he watches all the destruction. He has a kind of humble nobility which is revealed at the beginning of the film when he refuses to talk to police.


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