2 user 3 critic

Wholly Communion (1966)

A short film documenting what was referred to as "The International Poetry Incarnation". It was billed as Great Britain's first full-scale "happening", with the world's leading Beat poets ... See full summary »


Peter Whitehead


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Raffael is the rich owner of a video store. His girlfriend, the attractive Chip works there. They make some extra by making illegal copies of pornographic and horror movies. It is Rambo's ... See full summary »

Directors: István Dárday, Györgyi Szalai
Stars: Mihály Dés, Lilla Pászti, János Ágoston
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Vaike arrives at the racetrack where the bikes are already racing at full speed. She gets involved in adventures while getting acquainted with Raivo, successful biker and womanizer, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Kaljo Kiisk, Yuli Kun
Stars: Terje Luik, Rein Aren, Peeter Kard
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

One of the gratest love stories ever told!!

Director: Emilio Fernández
Stars: Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz, Emilio Fernández
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Several women, all bored with their menial lives, join a lesbian pirate ship and set sail on a kooky adventure.

Directors: Tabea Blumenschein, Ulrike Ottinger
Stars: Tabea Blumenschein, Monika von Cube, Roswitha Janz
Hostess (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Rolf Römer
Stars: Annekathrin Bürger, Roswitha Marks, Marion van de Kamp
Unforgivable (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A crime writer living in Venice while working on his new novel meets and soon marries his real-estate agent. Relocated to a remote house on Sant'Erasmo Island, his obsession with his wife's daily whereabouts takes a dark turn.

Director: André Téchiné
Stars: André Dussollier, Carole Bouquet, Mélanie Thierry
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1880s Patagonia, Argentina, Colonel Garay is put in charge of securing the new railroad that will help the European colonization effort. The local tribes rebel and plan an attack. Garay's misfit wife tutors a captured tribeswoman.

Director: Edgardo Cozarinsky
Stars: Dominique Sanda, Leslie Caron, Federico Luppi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Werner Schroeter
Stars: Pina Bausch, Reinhold Hoffman, Pat Oleszko


Credited cast:
Gregory Corso Gregory Corso ... Himself
Harry Fainlight Harry Fainlight ... Himself
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Lawrence Ferlinghetti ... Himself
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself
Michael Horovitz Michael Horovitz ... Himself
Ernst Jandl Ernst Jandl ... Himself
Christopher Logue Christopher Logue ... Himself
Adrian Mitchell Adrian Mitchell ... Himself
Alexander Trocchi Alexander Trocchi ... Himself
Simon Vinkenoog Simon Vinkenoog ... Himself
Yevgeny Yevtushenko Yevgeny Yevtushenko ... Himself


A short film documenting what was referred to as "The International Poetry Incarnation". It was billed as Great Britain's first full-scale "happening", with the world's leading Beat poets together under one roof at the Royal Albert Hall on June 11, 1965, for an evening of near-hallucinatory revelry. It came to be seen as one of the cultural high points of the Swinging Sixties. Written by King Of Fuh

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

poetry | independent film | See All (2) »


Documentary | Short







Release Date:

16 December 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sainte communion See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorrimer Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Featured in Herostratus (1967) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

a repetitious bore
22 August 2006 | by bazarov24See all my reviews

"Wholly Communion," a 32-minute report on a recital by a gang of modern poets, mostly beatniks, in Albert Hall in London in 1965 is a useless narration. It is colorful and droll for about 10 minutes. Then it is a repetitious bore.

In Summer 1965, the Hall was filled to overflowing for the historic gathering of world voices which celebrated the renaissance of performance poetry and international times.

WHOLLY COMMUNION marks Whitehead's first breakthrough: a document of the historic convention at the Royal Albert Hall of English and American Beat poets. Starring Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and more. "The Albert Hall poetry reading memorialized in Peter Whitehead's Wholly Communion brought the stars of US Beat poetry together with their English peers. As a reading it was chaotic - but as a cultural event it was incomparable. It was the climax of beatnik dreams, and the launch of the hippies. Seven thousand people arrived, a vast "alternative" constituency few could have imagined. The Albert Hall, booked for 450 pounds, had never seen anything like it. From it came the confidence to found the first "underground institutions", The Indica Gallery, The International Times and much more.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed