Koko le Gorille Qui Parle

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Penny Patterson, an American psychology student, began an experiment in primate communication in the early 1970s using a young zoo gorilla named Koko, who was loaned to Penny for the experiment. Due to a philosophical predisposition to consider that "humanizing" animals is wrong, and alarmed at the increasing publicity over the experiments, the zoo took back the gorilla, which by then had learned over three hundred signs and showed, to many observers, an almost human comprehension of her condition. This French ...
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Penny Patterson, an American psychology student, began an experiment in primate communication in the early 1970s using a young zoo gorilla named Koko, who was loaned to Penny for the experiment. Due to a philosophical predisposition to consider that "humanizing" animals is wrong, and alarmed at the increasing publicity over the experiments, the zoo took back the gorilla, which by then had learned over three hundred signs and showed, to many observers, an almost human comprehension of her condition. This French documentary explores the experiments, the circumstances of Koko's being withdrawn from them, and the question of the gorilla's "civil rights," if any.
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Special Features

New, restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Barbet Schroeder; New video interview with Schroeder; Alternate French-language audio track with optional English subtitles; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing; Plus: a new essay by critic Gary Indiana and an home to Koko from Marguerite Duras
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2006
  • UPC: 715515018722
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 31,707

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Penny Patterson Interviewee
Technical Credits
Barbet Schroeder Director
Nestor Almendros Cinematographer
Dominique Auvray Editor
Denise de Casabianca Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Koko: A Talking Gorilla
1. Preface/Opening Credits [4:35]
2. Exile [7:34]
3. Penny and Koko [10:57]
4. The Red Sweater [11:25]
5. Acquisition of Signs [7:21]
6. Michael [3:36]
7. Feelings [12:59]
8. White, American, Protestant Gorilla [3:37]
9. Controversy [3:18]
10. Breeding [2:18]
11. Koko's Computer [4:07]
12. Just a Gorilla? [3:26]
13. A Part of Nature [5:23]
14. Color Bars [:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Koko: A Talking Gorilla
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Barbet Schroeder
      Play
   French Soundtrack
      On/Off
      Subtitles: On/Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yeah.. Koko.... That chimp's alright.

    Yeah, that's right.

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