Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)

Werner Herzog's 1970 film Even Dwarfs Started Small (Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen) is a bold. brutal, and black and white look at an unnamed institution which is populated and run entirely by little people. The inmates rise up and turn the tables on those in charge and in doing so take their newly won freedom much farther, into an equally harsh anarchy. Many of the scenes push buttons and elicit strong reactions, others make the viewer question meanings of what's being displayed. Especially recommended for fans of Eraserhead or El Topo.

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