From acclaimed erotic filmmaker, Wakefield Poole, comes The Bible, like you’ve never seen it before!
The stories of Adam & Eve, Bath Sheba and Samson & Delilah are given sexual twists in this visually stunning and sensually charged masterpiece of the erotic avant-garde.
Featuring Georgina Spelvin (The Devil in Miss Jones), Gloria Grant and Bo White. Wakefield Poole’s Bible! may have been a commercial and artistic failure, but the film is entertaining on so many levels that we can highly recommend it because it offers some fascinating insights into one of the strangest film projects of its era.

Not many of us will use the name Wakefield Poole and the Bible in the same breath. Poole has had several careers—a dance, a choreographer and a hardcore gay porno film maker. Many were surprised to hear that he was planning to make a film out of the Bible.The film features Georgina Spelvin, Gloria Grant and Bo White and it is finally available on video for all to see. Poole took several Bible stories: Adam and Eve, David and Bathsheba, Samson and Delilah and added a bit of sex and lots of nudity and while the basic idea of the stories are there, we see what we have never seen before much less thought of. Georgina Spelvin didn’t only do hardcore and there is actually very little here to offend anyone; the nudity is quite matter-of-fact and the interpretation of tales from the Bible should scarcely bring charges of heresy. There’s also precious little to pleasure the raincoat crowd, but it should have been a huge success with the surreal art-house audience. There is essentially no dialogue as it’s a tribute to silent features, actors, and directors. The soundtrack consists almost entirely of classical music with no voice-over narration. The presence and occasional absence of music provides dramatic emphasis to the film. I can say that the photography is stunning, that the characters exude a sense of beauty and that this is certainly not the Bible that I have read. But then neither is this a novelty. This film is quite a surprise and is certainly a one-of-a-kind production. We live in a world where freedom of expression is a basic right and I admire Wakefield Poole’s vision while I am just not sure that this film ever had to be made. Some will think it is pornographic even though we see no sex and others will acclaim it as the birth of a vision. I urge you to see it and come to your own conclusions.

The name Wakefield Poole may not mean much to mainstream audiences but in the 1970s he was quite a controversial filmmaker. Poole initially trained for the ballet then drifted into movie making. In 1971, Poole released Boys in the Sand, the first “up market” hardcore gay movie. It caused quite a sensation and was immediately embraced by long-suffering gay males who heretofore had to be content with low-end, quickly shot pornographic “loops” that played in Times Square grindhouses. Poole’s film was taken seriously by the critical establishment and actually earned praise in reputable publications like Variety. The film actually cracked Variety’s list of the top 50 grossing films in America, an amazing achievement for a movie with limited appeal and distribution. It also made a gay movie icon of actor Casey Donovan. Poole and Donovan followed this project up with another hardcore porn flick, Bijou, which was released in 1972. Inspired by the fact that his filmmaking techniques were being praised, Poole became more ambitious and managed to cobble together a then sizable budget for his next film, Wakefield Poole’s Bible! (yes, the exclamation point was part of the title.) Poole attempted to take three tales from the Bible and bring them to the screen using his own spin on the narratives. We see Adam and Eve, David and Bathsheba and Samson and Delilah in period settings but through Poole’s unique perspective. Poole opted to give his actors no dialogue. The film is played silently to the accompaniment of classical music. The result is one of the most bizarre experimental films of its era. Although Poole claims he had a budget of $150,000 other sources state it was actually less than half that. Regardless, it was a significant sum compared to the budgets of his previous ventures. Poole managed to do a lot with very little. Using creative locations and camerawork, he sometimes succeeds in conveying an interesting look for his trilogy of Biblical tales. Most impressive are the film’s opening scenes in which we first see Adam. Shot amid some rather stunning rock formations on a beach, Poole soon introduces us to Adam’s first encounter with Eve. Understandably, it doesn’t take the only man and woman on earth to get down to doing what men and women like to do. The sequence is more romantic than erotic and this sets the tone for the rest of the film. The David and Bathsheba segment stars Georgina Spelvin, then riding the wave of worldwide publicity for her success in the notorious Devil in Miss Jones, considered by many to be the most accomplished porn movie ever made. Although Poole has Spelvin cavorting around fully naked, he presents the Biblical tale as a slapstick comedy with a sexually frustrated wife unable to interest her husband, a macho army general, in anything relating to love making. The third tale is the most effective with actress Gloria Grant (who went on to a legitimate career, winning an Emmy in the process) as a visually striking Delilah who seduces Samson as part of a plot to punish him for the murder of an innocent person.
The Vinegar Syndrome video label has released Wakefield Poole’s Bible! as a special DVD edition, restored and presented in its uncut format. While Poole can be commended for trying to achieve something outside the porn film industry, the movie was too bizarre to appeal to mainstream audiences. Paradoxically, it also alienated Poole’s core following of gay men by presenting tales of heterosexual sex, albeit in a softcore format. Not helping matters was the fact that the movie was slapped with an X rating, which even at the time seemed unnecessarily harsh. Poole theorized that it would have been given an “R” rating had the movie been made by anyone else, but his name and that of Spelvin virtually ensured retribution from the ratings board. By his own admission, the film was a flop and was only seen by a relative handful of people in its initial release. The movie has some striking visual elements, some of them effective and creative and others bordering on the pretentious. It’s hard to imagine that Poole ever envisioned this pet project being embraced by movie goers on a wide basis. Wakefield Poole’s Bible! may have been a commercial and artistic failure but the DVD is entertaining on so many levels that we can highly recommend it because it offers some fascinating insights into one of the strangest film projects of its era.


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