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Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen

Fortnight 1970, Feature film, 90'


The inhabitants of an institution in a remote country rebel against their keepers. Their acts of rebellion are by turns humorous, boring and alarming. An allegory on the problematic nature of fully liberating the human spirit, as both commendable and disturbing elements of our nature come forward. The film shows how justifiable revolt may be empowering, but may also turn to chaos and depravity. The allegory is developed in part by the fact that the film is cast entirely with dwarfs.


Werner Herzog

Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but hasn’t finished it. Founded his own production company in 1963. Has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for his films.

Troupe des nains Schneider

Werner Herzog

Prod. W. Herzog Filmproduktion 8 Munich 13 Neureutherstr. 20

Title in Original Version : Les nains aussi ont commencé petits