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Even Dwarfs Started Small (1969)
Starring: Crispin Glover, Norman Hill
Director: Werner Herzog
Category: Suspense / Thriller, Drama, Cult
Studio: Anchor Bay
96 mins



"Perhaps I seek certain utopian things, space for human honor and respect, landscapes not yet offended, planets that do not exist yet, dreamed landscapes.Very few people seek these images today." - Werner Herzog

Never one to take the easy path Werner Herzog followed the success of his first feature, the award-winning Signs Of Life (1968), with a film that shocked, disturbed and enraged critics and audiences around the world.His influence can still be seen today in filmmakers like David Lynch and Harmony Korine.
Featuring a cast composed entirely of little people (the first time that had been done since the 1938 western, The Terror Of Tiny Town, Even Dwarves Started Small is a brutal, uncompromising allegory about the consequences of imprisonment and rebellion.
The inmates have taken over an institution in a bleak and savage world in which everyone's a dwarf.As one of the institution's directors holds a rebel hostage while issuing orders for calm, the other inmates run amok, smashing equipment, setting fires, fighting for power and tormenting two blind prisoners.In this land of reversed proportions, these revolutionary outcasts not only destroy the symbols of civilization - cars, typewriters and dinner plates - but trees and flowers and animals as well.In this world gone mad with violence, the chickens resort to cannibalism, and monkeys are crucified.