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Even Dwarfs Started Small

Director: Werner Herzog Run Time: 96 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1970 Language: German

Starring: Gisela Hertwig, Helmut Döring, Hertel Minkner, Paul Glauer

Even adventurous viewers who’ve seen Tod Browning’s classic Freaks won’t be completely prepared for Herzog’s bizarre mini-opus. The film is set in a dismal mental institution, wherein dwell several midgets and dwarves. Sick of being tormented and exploited by the so-called ‘normal people’ of the world, the inmates stage a coup, taking over the asylum and utterly reversing the status quo.

“Whether viewed as a powerful political/philosophical allegory or a grotesque display of willful perversity, it’s not easily forgotten.” – A/V Club