Tuesday, April 18
(1974) Wiseman’s most controversial film and not for the squeamish, as the experiments at Atlanta’s Yerkes Primate Research Center move from treating apes as babies to (anesthetized) vivisection. The title refers both to apes and humans. 16mm. Approx. 105 mins.
“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 it’s actually about is scientific research: its seemingly accepted presence in American life, and its ambiguous purposes.”
– Michael Arlen, The New Yorker