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Koko: A Talking Gorilla (1978) (Koko, a Talking Gorilla)

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Starring
Roger Fouts Roger Fouts
Le docteur en psychologie
Penny Patterson Penny Patterson
Herself
Koko Koko
Le Gorille


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9 years, 4 months ago at Jun 5 18:05
2 votes
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

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8 years, 1 month 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risks you take in documentary filmmaking (specifically in "message" documentaries) is that your message might become outdated as humanity advances.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), Zoos (1), San Francisco (1), Stanford (1), Scientists (1), Sign Language (1), Gorillas (1), Language (1), Nature (1), 1978 (1)
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stobesultan rated this 8/10 1 month, 3 weeks ago
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Elokuvat 2020 (415 movies items)

"Kokon keissi on jo vuosia kiinnostanut mutta nyt vasta katsoin Schroederin alkuperäisen dokumentin. Eurooppalainen viileä etäisyys sopii hyvin aiheeseen josta saisi helposti imelää sotkua näkökulmasta kuin näkökulmasta. Pintapuolisesta pohdinnasta huolimatta tutkijat tuntuivat samaistavan henkilöyden ihmisyyteen niin ettei Kokon omalle, eittämättä olemassaolevalle persoonalle jäänyt kasvualustaa tutkijoiden tukottaessa maaperän kaikilla ihmiseläimen käyttäytymismalleilla. Tä"


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Watched in 2020 (78 movies items)

"1.5. Jotenkin jännä, miten tätä katsoi nyt eri tavalla toisella katselukerralla, vaikka edellisestä onkin vain kuusi vuotta. Nyt sitä kiinnitti jotenkin huomattavasti enemmän huomiota siihen, miten Kokolta on viety gorilluus. Kuvakerronnallisesti tätä kehystetään oikein hyvin, kun vastakkain asetetaan kolme miljöötä: luonto, eläintarja ja tutkimuskeskus - paikoitellen jopa oikein polarisoiden leikattuna. Elokuva ei kuitenkaan lähde saarnailemaan, vaan tutkailee aihettaan tietylt"


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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 haun”

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Watched in 2018 (262 movies items)

"27.4. Edelleen sympaattisessa dokumentissa viittomasanoja oppinut gorilla palloilee ympäriinsä ja sitä hoitava opiskelija tuntuu inhimillistävän otusta vähän liiaksikin. Tavallaan hellyyttävä meno kertoo oikeastaan samalla hieman siitä, miten me ihmisinä mietimme eläinten käytöstä liian paljon omasta näkökulmastamme. On oikeastaan todella ylimielistä suuttua gorillalle siitä, että se syö siitä hyvältä maistuvaa puuteria eikä laittaudu linnan juhlia varten."


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