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Even Dwarfs Started Small

Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen

Directed by Werner Herzog
West Germany, 1970
Comedy, Drama, Horror
  • German
  • English, French


In a police station a dwarf is seated on a chair. He is photographed and then interrogated about acts of violence he committed during a revolt. The story thus turns back in time, to when the dwarfs, detained in a correction facility, took advantage of the director’s absence to rebel.

Our take

“You might as well confess—we already know.” One of Herzog’s earliest films, released when he was just 27, this trippy nightmare shows how much his sensibility had formed: an obsessive skewering of megalomania; a unique eye for otherworldly locations; and a dollop of absurd, grotesque humor.

Even Dwarfs Started Small Directed by Werner Herzog

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