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Koko: A Talking Gorilla (Koko, le gorille qui parle) (1978)

Koko: A Talking Gorilla
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Koko Koko
Le Gorille
Penny Patterson Penny Patterson
Saul Kitchener Saul Kitchener
Directeur du Zoo de San Francisco
Carl Pribram Carl Pribram
Le professeur de Neuroscience
Roger Fouts Roger Fouts
Le docteur en psychologie


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6 years, 6 months ago at Jun 5 18:05
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I really didn't find the title or the premise of Koko, a Talking Gorilla to be very intriguing going into it. But after seeing Barbet Schroeder's haunting General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait several years ago, I was wanting to see something similar from him again. The subject matter is virtually the same as the previous documentary but this time a gorilla is the subject, a six-year old named Ko... read more


5 years, 2 months ago at Sep 27 23:43
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One of the risks you take in documentary filmmaking (specifically in "message" documentaries) is that your message might become outdated as humanity advances. The documentary Koko, a Talking Gorilla seems to fall right in this trap. It is, ostensibly, about a team of researchers and an amazing, sign language learning ape. These scenes - the always interesting, often bizarre sometimes unsettling... read more
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Description: In 1977, acclaimed director Barbet Schroeder and cinematographer Nestor Almendros entered the universe of the world’s most famous primate to create the captivating documentary Koko: A Talking Gorilla. The film introduces us to Koko soon after she was brought from the San Francisco Zoo to Stanford University by Dr. Penny Patterson for a controversial experiment—she would be taught the basics of human communication through American Sign Language. An entertaining, troubling, and still relevant documentary, Koko: A Talking Gorilla sheds light on the ongoing ethical and philosophical debates over the individual rights of animals ... (more)
Release date: 4 December 1979
Tags: Documentary (2), France (1), Nature (1), 1978 (1), 1970s (1)
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