Even Dwarfs Started Small

Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen
by Werner Herzog 1h36min Germany 1968
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Even Dwarfs Started Small
by Werner Herzog

A group of inhabitants of a correctional colony for people of small stature raises a riot against the local order. Tired of adhering to the many rules that require good behavior from them, they decide to become bad. Their immediate leader (also a dwarf) is forced to take refuge in one of the premises while waiting for the police to arrive. Meanwhile, the rioters are having fun: they beat dishes and glasses, start a car and eventually break it, kill a big pig, scoff at blind dwarfs living next door, arrange cockfights, set fire to flowerpots with their favorite colors, and so on.

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  • Helmut Döring : Hombre
  • Gerd Gickel : Pepe
  • Paul Glauer : Le Gardien-chef
  • And with: Erna Gschwendtner, Gisela Hertwig, Gerhard März, Hertel Minkner, Alfredo Piccini, Gertraud Piccini, Brigitte Saar, Erna Smollarz, Lajos Zsarnoczay


  • Director Werner Herzog
  • Scenario Werner Herzog
  • Photo director Thomas Mauch
  • Sound Herbert Prasch
  • Editing Maximiliane Mainka
  • Original music Werner Herzog, Florian Fricke
  • Producer Werner Herzog
  • Production Compagny Werner Herzog Filmproduktion
  • Distributor Potemkine

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,37:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1968
  • Release date for France11/01/1972
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageGerman
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