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May 17th, 2000

Even Dwarfs Started Small

There’s something about strange movies that I enjoy — movies so strange you know there’s symbolism in there somewhere, but you can’t figure out what it is. Last night I checked out one of the stranger movies I’ve seen: Even Dwarfs Started Small.

Imagine if you will:

  • An entire cast of little people (this is only the second movie in history to do this)
  • Cannibalistic chickens
  • A crucified monkey
  • A car that drives itself in circles for half the movie
  • Blind dwarfs swinging sticks like swords to protect themselves
  • Everyone laughing at everything, all the time
I enjoy Jean Luc-Godard’s Frech New Wave movies like Week-end and Alphaville, but I had never seen any of Werner Herzog’s movies. This one seems like a good introduction and manages to be entertaining, disturbing, funny, and sad all at the same time. -ram

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

DATE: Wednesday May 17, 2000 -- 11:37:50AM
As far as favorite characters go, it was a bit of a toss-up for me. On the one hand, there was Hombre, the maniacally laughing, camel-lovin', magazine-stacking midget who just didn't want to get married. But on the other hand, there was Pepe, who had no speaking lines whatsoever; he just laughed and laughed and laughed. Tough choice.

You've gotta figure there's SOME deep meaning to this movie since it really had very little in the way of plot and you never were utterly sure what these midgets were even DOING there. And with character names like Hombre, Territory, and Chicklets, there just had to be SOMEthing else there...

Even if not... it was thoroughly entertaining. :) Watching a midget trying to get up on a bed for 5 or 6 minutes is almost surreal.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday May 17, 2000 -- 11:43:36AM
Rob also pointed out to me a scene I almost forgot about -- where they dressed up dead bugs in tiny little wedding outfits. Beee-zare (pun not intended).

FROM: Aaron
DATE: Wednesday May 17, 2000 -- 6:23:22PM
I guess this beats Nine Deaths of the Ninja on the absurd scale.

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:24:03 pm

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