Bill Osco (born as William Osco) is an American film producer and director.
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Osco's first production job (in an uncredited capacity) was the 1970 film Mona, one of the first erotic art films after Andy Warhol's 1969 film Blue Movie to receive a national theatrical release in the United States. The release of Mona is considered to be one of the watershed events that helped inaugurate the Golden Age of erotic art films in the United States, and the film is known as one of the paradigms for theatrically released erotic art films.
That same year, Osco directed the documentary Hollywood Blue with Michael Benveniste (as Mike Lite) and Howard Ziehm. In 1971, Osco produced another erotic art film, Harlot, followed by the 1974 sci-fi spoof of Flash Gordon, Flesh Gordon, and the 1976 pornographic musical comedy, Alice in Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical Comedy. A softcore version of the latter received an R-rating from the MPAA. The film was released in mainstream theaters and grossed over $90 million globally.
Osco produced three films by writer/director Jackie Kong in the 1980s, starting with 1983's The Being, which also starred Osco in the lead role under the pseudonym Rexx Coltrane. This was followed by Kong's Night Patrol in 1984 and The Underachievers in 1987, both of which featured Osco in minor roles. Starting in 1987, Osco began his own directorial career with the comedy special The Unknown Comedy Show, a vehicle for stand-up comic Murray Langston, also known as The Unknown Comic. Osco would go on to direct another four movies and shorts, only two of which had erotic themes.
In 2007, an Off-Broadway musical based on Osco's version of Alice in Wonderland was staged at the Kirk Theatre in New York City, to which Osco was credited with writing the book. Set in a trailer park in Weehawken, New Jersey, the show was entitled Alice in Wonderland: An Adult Musical Comedy and flyers advertising it were designated "For Mature Audiences Only."
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The erotic art film with a plot that received a national theatrical release in the United States is generally considered to be Mona
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