Koko: A Talking Gorilla Film Still

Koko: A Talking Gorilla

Barbet Schroeder

 
Koko: A Talking Gorilla (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1978
  • 80 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #340

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 and brings us face-to-face with an amazing gorilla caught in the middle.

Credits

DirectorBarbet Schroeder
Associate producersDale Djerassi and Barbet Schroeder
CinematographyNestor Almendros
Additional footageNed Burgess
EditingDenise De Casabianca and Dominique Auvray
ProductionMargaret Menegoz
Production assistantGeorge Csicsery

Disc 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 author Gary Indiana and an homage to Koko from Marguerite Duras

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

Barbet and Koko: An Equivocal Love Affair

By Gary IndianaJuly 10, 2006

Barbet Schroeder is a director who prefers the appellation “explorer” to that of “auteur,” and . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Barbet and Koko: An Equivocal Love Affair

By Gary IndianaJuly 10, 2006

Barbet Schroeder is a director who prefers the appellation “explorer” to that of “auteur,” and . . . Read more »