• Primate

    1974. USA. Frederick Wiseman. 105 min.

Thursday, January 21, 2010, 8:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Primate

    1974. USA. Directed by Frederick Wiseman. “Gorillas aren’t nearly as sexy as chimps and orangs,” a researcher in Primate dryly observes, in a conversation worthy of the Marx Brothers. That Wiseman’s first detailed examination of the relationship between humans and animals would stir outrage was perhaps inevitable, but even three decades later, the ethical, philosophical, psychological, and political dilemmas that Primate confronts are as urgent and vexing as ever. Scientists at the federally supported Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center in Atlanta study the sexual and aggressive behavior of our closest genetic relatives, performing experiments that, to some, are necessary in deepening our scientific knowledge, and to others, have the unintended effect of holding up a mirror to our own diminished humanity and our will to dominate. 105 min.

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