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Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)

Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen
Blu-ray
Unrated

Drama/Foreign · 1h 36m · 7/29/2014

    

Description

Shot on the volcanic island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Dwarfs tells the story of a revolt by a group of inmates at an island institution where they seize control and let chaos reign supreme. Not content in simply telling a linear narrative, Herzog instead set out to create a film defined by its intriguing and often disturbing set of gleefully chaotic imagery. To set the stage for this unique vision, every actor cast in the film was a little person, immediately lending the story an unexpected perspective (both literally and figuratively). The diminutive stature of his actors allowed Herzog to take audiences on a visceral journey through a grotesque carnival of sorts, inviting viewers to laugh along with the mayhem even through the shocking and sometimes horrific actions of the characters. Filming on the project was, in itself, and effort defined by chaos. During the filming of a scene in which the inmates ride on the roof of a driverless van, one of the actors fell and was run over (miraculously, he was unscathed). During the scene where the inmates set fire to flowering plants, the same actor caught on fire, and Herzog himself ran to smother the flames. As his actors' morale plummeted, Herzog promise that if they finished filming without any further injuries, he would allow the actors to film him launching himself into a cactus patch. True to his word, Herzog took the pointed plunge. As he later put it, "getting out was a lot more difficult than jumping in." After filming wrapped, it Dwarfs did not receive wide release for two years. The nature of Herzog's intentions with the film were unfortunately overshadowed by more literal interpretation of the piece. German sensors band the film, calling it "anarchistic and blasphemous." Herzog himself received a handful of death threats for betraying little people in a monstrous light. This divisive view of his work would become a hallmark of his career. Dwarfs remains a remarkable film, albeit one of Herzog's most bizarre.

Release Country

United States

Release Date

7/29/2014

Media Type

Movie

Audio

  German     

Digital Copy

Not Included

Studio

Werner Herzog Filmproduktion/Shout! Factory

Subtitles

English

Video Format

1080p

Aspect Ratio

1.33:1

Cover Type

Digibook

Discs

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Part of Box Set
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Herzog: The Collection

Cast
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Helmut Döring

Hombré
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Paul Glauer

Erzieher
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Gisela Hertwig

Pobrecita
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Hertel Minkner

Chicklets
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Gertrud Piccini

Piccini
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Marianne Saar

Theresa
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Brigitte Saar

Cochina
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Gerd Gickel

Pepe
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Erna Gschwendtner

Azucar
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Gerhard Maerz

Territory
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Alfredo Piccini

Anselmo
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Erna Smollarz

Schweppes
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Lajos Zsarnoczay

Chapparo
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Pepi Hermine

The President
Crew
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Werner Herzog

Director
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Werner Herzog

Writer
Other Editions
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Even Dwarfs Started Small (DVD)
12/14/1999

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