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Even Dwarfs/Enigma of Kaspar Hauser,
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This review is from: Werner Herzog Box Set 2 [DVD] (DVD)
So far I have only checked out the Enigma of Kaspar Hauser and Even Dwarfs started Small.
Kaspar is a sublime film - it has many Hertzog hallmarks - a bit stiff and theatrical, and ambitious effects which are unfortunately curtailed due to budget. I love this film, but as often with this director it leaves more questions than answers.
Even Dwarfs is frankly irritating. An extraordinary set and plot (what happens when the lunatics take over the asylum, basically). Whilst the freakshow ambience induced by getting real dwarves to act the parts is interesting and unsettling (for a time), this is hardly the stuff of high drama. It is a bit like "Freaks" the banned 1930s US film with the plot, murder and menace removed. What is left ultimately is just wanton vandalism.
I look forward to the other films in the set - I hope to report back in due course.