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Koko, a talking gorilla

Author: Barbet SchroederDale DjerassiNestor AlmendrosDenise de CasabiancaDominique AuvrayAll authors
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2006]
Series: Criterion collection, 340.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English : Director-approved special edView all editions and formats
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Koko, a six-year-old gorilla, is the subject of a controversial Stanford University research project conducted by Penny Patterson. A perceptive simian who communicates with humans via sign language, Koko knows more than 300 signs and can combine them to make new hybrid descriptions. Director Schroeder and cinematographer Almendros present a visual argument exposing the contradictions that arise when scientific  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Documentary
Named Person: Koko, (Gorilla); Koko, (Gorilla)
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Barbet Schroeder; Dale Djerassi; Nestor Almendros; Denise de Casabianca; Dominique Auvray; Margaret Menegoz; George Paul Csicsery; Francine Patterson; Janus Films.; Films du losange (Firm); Institut national de l'audiovisuel (France)
ISBN: 9781559409858 1559409851
OCLC Number: 70878995
Language Note: In English with optional English subtitles; optional soundtrack which includes only the narration in French and the interviews in English; includes optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Notes: Originally produced in 1977 by Les Films Losange as a French film entitled: Koko, le gorille qui parle.
Special features: new, restored digital transfer; 2006 video interview with Schroeder; essay by critic Gary Indiana; a homage to Koko from Marguerite Duras.
Credits: Director, Barbet Schroeder ; executive producers, Dale Djerassi and Barbet Schroeder ; camera, Nestor Almendros with additional footage by Ned Burgess ; editors, Denise de Casabianca, Dominique Auvray ; production, Margaret Menegoz ; production assistant, George Csicsery.
Performer(s): Features: Koko, Penny Patterson, Carl Pribram, Saul Kitchener, Roger Fouts.
Description: 1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.
Details: DVD ; Dolby digital mono ; 1:33:1 aspect ratio.
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, 340.
Other Titles: Koko, le gorille qui parle (Motion picture)
Responsibility: Janus Films, Les Films du Losange, Barbet Schroeder, and L'institut national de l'audiovisuel present a film by Barbet Schroeder.

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Koko, a six-year-old gorilla, is the subject of a controversial Stanford University research project conducted by Penny Patterson. A perceptive simian who communicates with humans via sign language, Koko knows more than 300 signs and can combine them to make new hybrid descriptions. Director Schroeder and cinematographer Almendros present a visual argument exposing the contradictions that arise when scientific experiments are used to graph human behavior onto animals.

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