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Koko : a talking gorilla

Author: Barbet SchroederMargaret MenegozMichael GrahamFrancine PattersonCarl PribramAll authors
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, ©2006.
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 340.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Koko, a Talking Gorilla is a documentary from 1978 that observes a zoo-born female gorilla in the fifth year of an experiment in human-simian communications. Dr. Penny Patterson has taught Koko hundreds of sign-language words in American Sign Language. Observing Koko's daily routine, her responses, her rejection of a new yellow sweater for her worn older red one, and her initiation of new subjects in conversation  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Foreign films
Documentary films
Feature films
Documentary
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Barbet Schroeder; Margaret Menegoz; Michael Graham; Francine Patterson; Carl Pribram; Saul Kitchener; Roger Fouts; Nestor Almendros; Ned Burgess; Denise de Casabianca; Dominique Auvray; George Paul Csicsery; Janus Films.; Films du losange (Firm); Institut national de l'audiovisuel (France); Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 1559409851 9781559409858
OCLC Number: 70878995
Language Note: In English; optional French narration with optional English subtitles.
Notes: Originally produced as a French documentary film in 1978.
Special features: Barbet Schroeder [featurette] (11 min.). Booklet includes essays "Barbet and Koko: An equivocal love affair" by Gary Indiana and "This large, black animal" by Marguerite Duras.
Credits: Camera, Nestor Almendros, additional camera, Ned Burgess ; editors, Denise de Casabianca, Dominique Auvray ; music, Gutta Cattoni and Maris Embiricos ; translation and narration, Michael Graham.
Performer(s): Koko, Penny Patterson, Carl Pribram, Saul Kitchener, Roger Fouts; English narration, Michael Graham.
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (80 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (28 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital mono; aspect ratio 1:33:1.
Contents: Preface/Opening credits --
Exile --
Penny and Koko --
Red sweater --
Acquisition of signs --
Michael --
Feelings --
White, American, Protestant gorilla --
Controversy --
Breeding --
Koko's computer --
Just a gorilla? --
Part of nature --
Color bars.
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 340.
Other Titles: Talking gorilla
Koko, le gorille qui parle
Responsibility: Janus Films ; Les Films du Losange, Barbet Schroeder and L'Institut National de L'Audiovisuel present ; a film by Barbet Schroeder ; production, Margaret Menegoz.

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Koko, a Talking Gorilla is a documentary from 1978 that observes a zoo-born female gorilla in the fifth year of an experiment in human-simian communications. Dr. Penny Patterson has taught Koko hundreds of sign-language words in American Sign Language. Observing Koko's daily routine, her responses, her rejection of a new yellow sweater for her worn older red one, and her initiation of new subjects in conversation prompts more questions than it answers. What separates man from animal? The ability to construct a society, to speak, or to understand complex thought? No matter the conclusions, the film remains a compelling document of a fascinating experiment.

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