Even Dwarfs Started Small (Herzog, 1970): Barbican Cinema, 8.30pm
This film shows as part of the excellent Step Into The Dark season to celebrate the opening of brand new screens at the Barbican Cinema. More 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 is the beginning.