Adult, Fantasy, Satire

Bible! (1974)

0 Comments 17 July 2014

Bible! CoverStudio: Vinegar Syndrome

Theatrical Release: April 3rd, 1974

DVD Release: December 10th, 2013

Rating: UnRated

Directed by Wakefield Poole

Review by Craig Sorensen

Mostly known for his hardcore homosexual films, director Wakefield Poole took a bizarre turn into straight softcore art house fare with the heresy ready Bible! An anthology film crafted from three stories from The Bible (naturally), it must have been confusing for the raincoat crowd looking for something to masturbate to as it’s more interested in feminist reinvention than fucking.

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Our first story is, of course, Adam & Eve.  A nude Adam (Bo White) crawls and swims through odd rock formations (I suppose to simulate the birth canal) and eventually ends up on a beach.  Eve eventually emerges from the sea and the two have sex.  So, light on the story.  There is some beautiful imagery here though that makes up for the lack of story and dialog.

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Up next is the story of Bathsheba (Georgina Spelvin of Police Academy) and Uriah.  Bathsheba, feeling ignored by her husband Uriah (Robert Benes) seeks the company of peeping tom David (John Horn).  This is the funny segment and the weakest of the three, despite the presence of Georgina Spelvin.  But you get nude under-cranked slapstick so I guess I’m not complaining.

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Of course, they saved the best, and strangest, segment for last: Samson and Delilah.  When Samson (Brahm van Zetten) murders one of Delilah’s (Gloria Grant) dwarf friends, she vows revenge.  You get dwarves with curly blue wigs and white body makeup, strange sets and a hypnotic pace that all come together in a nice, visually striking package.

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As a sex film, well, Bible! doesn’t fare too well.  There’s only one sex scene in the whole picture.  So if that’s what you’re looking for you’d be better off with one of the other fine sex films from Vinegar Syndrome.  Sure, there’s plenty of nudity but the film is only partially interested in titillation.  All three stories here feature oft-maligned female characters and Poole uses the film to examine their motivations and characters from a different perspective.  Often times, women aren’t the most sympathetic characters portrayed in the Bible so some variation is welcome.  I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often.  The women in Bible! aren’t just seducers or antagonists for the male-centric stories, they are characters in their own right with their own motivations.  Sure, maybe their motivation is just to get fucked, but is that so wrong?

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Again, Vinegar Syndrome delivers a stellar transfer of a film no one thought they’d ever see get this kind of treatment.  This is transferred from the original 16mm negatives so I doubt it’s going to get much better than this.  Of course, this being the first time it’s ever been issued on home video, we don’t have a lot to compare it to (I certainly never caught it theatrically).  This disc is loaded with special features as well.  We get a video introduction before the film from Poole as well as an audio commentary.  We also get new interviews with stars Gloria Grant and Georgina Spelvin, screen tests for all the film’s actors, costume and effects tests, a theatrical trailer and a still gallery.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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