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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (106 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
  • Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] : Frederick Wiseman (Zipporah), 1974.

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Originally produced by Frederick Wiseman (Zipporah) in 1974.
Summary, etc.:
PRIMATE presents the daily activities of Yerkes Primate Research Center. Scientists in the film are concerned with studying the physical and mental development of primates. Some of the experimental work shown in the film deals with the capacity to learn, remember, and apply language and manual skills; the effect of alcohol and drugs on behavior; the control of aggressive and sexual behavior; and other neural and physiological determinants of behavior.. "It is essentially about one set of primates who have power, using it against another who haveńt́Œ Wiseman found no Frankensteins during his apparently very amicable visit to the centre; just nice people adding to the sum of human knowledge by subtracting from the sum of humanity itself." ́ Derek Malcolm, The Guardian. "PRIMATE ostensibly has to do with the routine investigations of primate life and behavior (notably sexual behavior) which are conducted at the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta. What it́s actually about is scientific research: its seemingly accepted presence in American life, and its ambiguous purposes." ́ Michael Arlen, The New Yorker
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Language Note:
In English
Subject: Documentary-style films.
Genre: Zoology
Documentary films.

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