Even Dwarfs Started Small
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Even Dwarfs Started Small
Even viewers who've seen Freaks won't be completely prepared for Werner Herzog's bizarre Even Dwarfs Started Small. The film is set in a dismal mental institution, wherein dwell several midgets, dwarfs and other "oddities." 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 (Herzog's apparent attempt to draw parallels between the events on screen and such real-life upheavals as Vietnam). As in his other films, the director imbues his misshapen… More

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"Even Dwarfs Started Small eventually is indistinguishable from its Germanic, side-show spectacle, as if it were a movie that had been conceived by the same kind of perverse, uninvolved intelligence that had created the world of the film."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Patient and unrelenting, Herzog stages a total deterioration of narrative logic and social norms, as emblematized by a crucified monkey and a cannibalizing chicken."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Not a vicious denial of the legitimacy of revolt (as too many critics have charged) but a bitter lament over the disservice revolutionaries do their revolutions."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"There are few films in the director's portfolio as beautifully shot, scored, and composed as this one."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Gobsmackingly good. A great and terrible film."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Weirdest movie ever."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
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