Even dwarfs started small

Even dwarfs started small

Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen

DVD - 1999 | German
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"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."--Container.
Publisher: Troy, MI : Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., [1999]
Description: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Even

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VonHafenstaaad
Apr 07, 2017

With a cast composed entirely of dwarfs, Werner Herzog (Aguirre, the Wrath of God) tells a tale of asylum inmates taking over the asylum. The institution's governor is holed up in his own home with a rebel hostage to keep him company. As the inmates' wrangling for the release of their fellow captive comes to naught, all symbols of ordered society are mocked and brought to a shambles. All vestige of order is disrupted in Herzog's blackly humorous, fatalistic parable, leaving us with nothing but the mad, strident cackling of a dwarf. It's not just that the dwarfs are grotesques, but that we all are grotesques in this eerie little world, and it's only through Herzog's eye that we see this clearly. This deceptively simple story builds with amazing power from beginning to end, brutal and compassionate, uncompromising and mad.

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