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Koko : A Talking Gorilla

Koko : A Talking Gorilla

A Feature film by Barbet Schroeder

Produced by Les Films du Losange, INA - Institut National de l'Audiovisuel

Release in France : 11/10/1978

    Synopsis

    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 This French documentary explores the experiments, the circumstances of Koko's being withdrawn from them, and the question of the gorilla's "civil rights," if any.

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    Actors (2)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Les Films du Losange

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producers :

    Barbet Schroeder, Margaret Menegoz, Pierre Emmanuel

    Director of Photography :

    Nestor Almendros

    Production manager :

    Margaret Menegoz

    Assistant editor :

    Roselyne Petit

    Foley artist :

    Jonathan Liebling

    Screenwriter :

    Barbet Schroeder

    Sound Recordist :

    Lee Alexander

    Editors :

    Denise de Casabianca, Dominique Auvray

    Music Composers :

    Guta Cattoni, Maris Embiricos

    Narrator :

    Barbet Schroeder

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Documentary

    Sub-genre :

    Animalier

    Themes :

    Fauna

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Production year :

    1978

    French release :

    11/10/1978

    Runtime :

    1 h 25 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    47736

    Visa issue date :

    07/07/1978

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    16mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.37

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Posters (3)

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1978

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1978)

    Selection

    Un Certain Regard