Koko: A Talking Gorilla - The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1978) / Region 1
Koko: A Talking Gorilla - The Criterion Collection

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The Criterion Collection, A Continuing Series of Important Classic and Contemporary Films

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 the remarkable Koko at the age of three, recently 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 on the individual rights of animals and brings us face to face with the amazing "individual" caught in the middle.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 24 2006
  • Production Year 1978
  • Empire SKU 1096979
  • UPC Code 715515018722
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


New video interview with Schroeder
Alternate French-language audio track with optional English subtitles
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


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
    French Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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