'Even Dwarfs Started Small' (1970)
In which a group of little people break out of the institutional facility they live in, and proceed to take over their island habitat – yes, it is as weird as it sounds. It's also a brilliant introduction to Herzog's singular artistic sensibility, his ability to take allegories into some acid-trip territory and his facility for producing unforgettable imagery (once you've seen his cast stage a simian mock-crucifixation, you will never forget it), as well as a great preview of the shape of things to come. After several on-set injuries, the director promised to jump into a cacti patch (!) if the production proceeded sans accidents. The cast stayed unharmed until it wrapped – and Herzog kept his word.