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Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen (1970)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 2 February 1971 (West Germany)
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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 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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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 »

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Hombré: When we behave nobody cares. But when we are bad nobody forgets.
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Fantastic!
23 November 2001 | by nekrochopSee all my reviews

This is Herzog's most telling film.

The world he has created sees dwarfs confined in an un-named, oppressive system. When they finally revolt against the machine, they don't know what to do with themselves and ultimately resort to destroying the things around them (cars, trees, animals).

Bizarre, beautiful, and horrifically engaging, this is a unique experience that demands your full attention.

Give it a go (the ANCHOR BAY DVD even has audio commentary from Herzog!!) - you won't be disappointed.


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