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'Project Nim': A Documentary For The Curious Animal-Lover In You

Mar 6, 2012

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Linda Holmes

As I fly through this really busy week, it's a good time to pick up on a few things I've been meaning to mention and haven't gotten to.

You all know how I enjoy a terrific documentary, and the one sitting on my desk right now is Project Nim. It's freshly out on home video, and the DVD includes a variety of extras, including an audio commentary with director James Marsh (who also did Man On Wire) and a look at other scenes, like the film's footage of Nim's first encounter with another chimp.

We're through awards season, which is a good time to pick up on films and other things that got away from you. While Project Nim didn't make it to an Oscar nomination (quite surprisingly), it did win the DGA (Director's Guild) award and a number of others. It sounds like an odd thing to say, but if you liked Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and its cautionary tale about why it's not a great idea to try to treat chimps like kids and make them wear pants, here's a rather vivid documentary that makes some of the same points, without the motion-capture.

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