Koko: A Talking Gorilla

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Koko: A Talking Gorilla
DVD cover art
Directed byBarbet Schroeder
Produced byMargaret Ménégoz
Dale Djerassi
Barbet Schroeder
Francine Patterson
CinematographyNéstor Almendros
Edited byDenise De Casabianca
Dominique Auvray
Distributed byLes Films du Losange
The Criterion Collection
Release date
October 1978
Running time
80 minutes

Koko: A Talking Gorilla (French: Koko, le gorille qui parle) is a 1978 documentary directed by Barbet Schroeder that focuses on Francine Patterson and her work with Koko, the gorilla Patterson claims to have taught to communicate with humans using symbols taken from American Sign Language. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


The film introduces us to Koko soon after she was brought from the San Francisco Zoo to Stanford University by Francine Patterson for a controversial experiment, she would be taught American Sign Language.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Koko: A Talking Gorilla". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-23.

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