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Koko - A Talking Gorilla - Criterion Collection
Koko - A Talking Gorilla - Criterion Collection
Actors: Koko (III), Penny Patterson, Saul Kitchener, Carl Pribram, Roger Fouts
Director: Barbet Schroeder
Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
UR     2006     1hr 20min

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 ...  more »

     
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Actors: Koko (III), Penny Patterson, Saul Kitchener, Carl Pribram, Roger Fouts
Director: Barbet Schroeder
Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
Studio: Criterion
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/11/2006
Original Release Date: 12/04/1979
Theatrical Release Date: 12/04/1979
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 15
Edition: Criterion Collection
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Awe Inspiring!
Pam | Valrico, FL USA | 03/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One word! Awesome! KoKo changes our view about Gorillas. Koko's emotions seem almost human. I found myself laughing and crying, but most of all unable to move from my seat. The scene after KoKo is told about the kitten is heartbreaking, and should make everyone look at animals, especially Gorillas differently. I will never look at a gorilla at the zoo in the same manner. It just makes me sad to think about these incredible, intelligent, gentle, but yet so fierce and wild animals."
Not like us?
Joseph Kimsey | Pac NW | 12/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I just watched an extraordinary documentary called Koko - A Talking Gorilla, and was truly moved by what I saw. Although this film has been discounted as emotionalist, anecdotal blather by many scientists and philosophers, it offers further proof that non-human animals have consciousness and can experience the myriad of moods that we do. Non-human animals may not have the higher caliber of reflection that our species possesses (although observing some of the cretins that I see on daily basis tends to negate that assumption), they certainly experience emotions, retain memories and possess consciousness. Seeing this film makes me resent even more the philosophical assumptions put forward by Rene Descartes. For those not in the know, Descartes saw animals as mere automatons that don't think, feel or possess any real sense of consciousness. What twaddle. I am tempted to resort to some patented American anti-Franco invective and call Descartes a ridiculous Froggie moron who couldn't cogito to save his life, except that this film was produced by a French team. So Viva la France! So please see Koko - A Talking Gorilla, and revel in that fact that all life evolved from the same source.
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