A black and white photo of 4 cast members from Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970). 
Helmut Döring stands in the centre with his arms behind his back, smiling, while his cast members are also laughing and smiling around him.
A black and white photo of 4 cast members from Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970). 
Helmut Döring stands in the centre with his arms behind his back, smiling, while his cast members are also laughing and smiling around him.
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Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) Filmproduktion

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque

Even Dwarfs Started Small

Werner Herzog | Germany | | M
Virtual cinema

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Herzog’s second fiction feature is an early exploration of the chaotic characters and stories that would come to personify his film career.

A community living in an isolated institution rebels against their director, taking him hostage and plunging the whole place into anarchy and destruction. Filled with some of the most transfixing and shocking imagery of Herzog’s entire career, this film still feels as dangerous and mesmerising as it did when released 51 years ago.

The production also provided one of Herzog’s most infamous on-set stories. After an actor was accidentally run over by a car in one scene and set on fire during another, Herzog declared that if the cast and crew could finish the film he would jump into a hedge of cactuses. True to his word, when filming wrapped Herzog did indeed plunge headfirst into a cactus, much to the bemusement of his cast and crew.

Jacob Agius, Melbourne Cinémathèque, committee member

Format: Digital
Language: German with English Subtitles
Courtesy: SBS On Demand
Duration: 93 mins

When

29 Nov – 5 Dec 2021

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Duration

93 mins

Rating

M

Where

Even Dwarfs Started Small is free to stream on SBS on Demand.

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