Capital Celluloid 2024 — Day 2: Tue Jan 2

Even Dwarfs Started Small (Herzog, 1970): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.15pm

This film is part of the Werner Herzog season at BFI Southbank and is also being screened on January 15th. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Werner Herzog’s second feature (1970) is a frightening, obscene, and brilliant study of what happens when rebels (however justified) aren’t worthy of the rebellion they start. Twenty-seven dwarfs, incarcerated in a “reformatory” grotesquely constructed to accommodate average-size inmates and presided over by a fatuous dwarf director who should know better but doesn’t, stage a protest that quickly degenerates into aimless, pitifully malicious bouts of random violence. 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

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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