Even Dwarfs Started Small
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Although the action can be described, the plot is not prominent; this film exists as a series of loosely connected scenes. These scenes are both hilarious and disturbing; often I found myself simultaneously amused, agitated, and confused. For example, the incessant, maniacal and high-pitched laughter that accompanies the havoc wrought by the Lilliputian horde is extremely unnerving yet engrossing.
Though this film is unlikely to be on any of those prevalent best-of-the-millennium lists, I believe that director Werner Herzog has created the celluloid equivalent of a Goya painting. If you are a devotee of the fringes of humanity and think that the cinema should be more than just simple narratives, definitely watch this astounding film.
Anchor Bay's DVD has a very enlightening commentary track by Herzog who clears up that the camel's knee ligaments were not severed for the film (the camel was not hurt in any way) and talks about how one of the midgets got run over and caught on fire during the shooting (he lived). He speaks about how stupid chickens are, too, and after you see the mouse scene with the stupid chicken walking back and forth a million times, you'll agree.Read more ›
The film is short on linear plot and long on symbolism. It's very difficult to identify with or appreciate any of the characters (other than the two blind men who are ironically the smartest and only productive people in the institution) as they are universally loathsome and despicable, which gets to the point of the inhumanity of incarceration. The problem is that while revolution against inhuman conditions might be a plausible reason to identify with the inmates, their behavior is far more destructive and irrational than the rules of the institution itself, leading inescapably to the observation that some people aren't free because they cannot exist within any kind of reasonable societal norms. These antisocial tendencies are omnipresent, from scab eating to the serial taunting of Hombre (Helmut Döring,) the smallest of the inmates (leading to a wholly unnecessary subplot about attempted conjugal relations.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as good as I remembered it from seeing it long ago. I like the seduction scene were a lady dwarf is on a bed (still clothed) and she is inviting a very short male dwarf to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by bearclawthedonut
This is by no means my favorite movie, but I first was exposed to it when I came across a YouTube clip of one of the scenes. Read morePublished on August 4, 2011 by C. Vieira
Theses on AUCH ZWERGE HABEN KLEIN ANGEFANGEN (1969), a film directed by Werner Herzog
1.) No film is more subversive, more revolutionary.
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Even for Werner Herzog fans, this film might be too weird. I know it was for me. Aimless, meandering, with no plot, no story, and no meaning. Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by Glenn Gallagher
This perplexing, but very funny, film is like an "Our Gang" comedy, with dwarfs starring as insane asylum residents who run amok. Read morePublished on September 2, 2010 by bubbie
I used to love Werner Herzog movies. I still think he is fantastic, but some of his films, especially early ones like "Even Dwarfs Started Small," are really starting to show their... Read morePublished on January 13, 2010 by T. Fisher
This is one of the most grotesque and disturbing films to come out of any director's mind since -- well, since anytime. Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by J. A. Geary
Werner Herzog's black and white 1970 film, Even Dwarfs Started Small (Auch Zwerge Haben Klein Angefangen) is one of those films that is beyond such grounded definitions as good and... Read morePublished on September 10, 2008 by Cosmoetica
A while back I was getting into this Werner Herzog phase where I was systematically buying all of his movies. "Even Dwarfs Started Small" was the one that put a stop to that. Read morePublished on June 7, 2008 by Caraculiambro