Oh! Calcutta! (1972)


The infamous off-Broadway musical revue tackles the subject of sexuality, with skits by John Lennon, Samuel Beckett, Jules Feiffer and Sam Shepard, where one or more performers in either a state of undress, simulating sex, or both.

Director: Jacques Levy.
Stars: Raina Barrett, Mark Dempsey, Samantha Harper, Patricia Hawkins, Bill Macy, Mitchell McGuire, Gary Rethmeier, Margo Sappington, Nancy Tribush, George Welbes.


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  1. Veit Harlan
    June 7, 2021

    I almost always appreciate a little erotica,(especially with something as wonderful as http://rarefilmm.com/2020/01/de-onfatsoenlijke-vrouw-1991/ ) but I have my own take on why this play is infamous. Without knowing why pros consider this a controversial play, I don’t find the nudity or acting the problem, it’s the low quality of the written skits. The audience seems to enjoy it, though, and I did too, to a degree, but I’m glad I never had the chance to buy a ticket for it.

  2. Nick Det.
    June 8, 2021

    Thanks, Jon. Still try to get through 1972 films. I was looking for this one so Yeah!

  3. Gabriel
    June 10, 2021

    Why is this movie not available to watch?

    • Jon W.
      June 10, 2021

      It’s working for me, Gabriel, why you say it’s not available?

    August 13, 2021

    I actually went to see this erotic sitcom without really wanting to. A friend got stood up by her date and so I was a good friend and went with her. The best thing about it was seeing ballet superstar Rudolph Nureyev sitting a few seats down. I can’t believe the late actor/director/ playwright Sam Shepard had a hand in writing this. Wow.

  5. Gerald L. Austin
    May 14, 2022

    I’m like one of the actresses said (but I will paraphrase), “I didn’t mind all the penises and vulvas, but I didn’t care for the language”. I laughed a lot, especially during the skit where Helen was telling about her previous encounters. And of course I enjoyed the nudity the best.

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