The Deuce

The Deuce

The Complete Third Season

DVD - 2020
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It's 1985 and the party of the '70s is slowing down. 42nd Street has deteriorated into a world of crime, seedy video stores, and peep shows; VHS has overtaken film as porn's primary medium, and the AIDS epidemic has had a devastating impact. Welcome to the third and final season of the gritty HBO series that follows the interconnected lives of barkeeps, prostitutes, pimps, the police, mobsters, and adult film actors and producers in Times Square.

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jimg2000
Jan 29, 2021

*** Warning - Offensive Language ***

For every porn actress who thinks she can stand in the light, there are two dozen who are used up and tossed aside.
- Okay.
You are the strong one. That's very good for you, Candy. Or... Arlene, or whatever your name is. But how many women do you know who've done what you've done, whose outcome was not yours? Where are they now? And how many are better because of this brave new world, and how many are worse? And, remember, for every playful little scene of some self-actualized Red Riding Hood, vanquishing her fears and inhibitions, there are a dozen videotapes up on Eighth Avenue of women being gang-banged or tortured, or made to fuck everything. What about those women? Are you speaking for them?

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jimg2000
Jan 29, 2021

I mean, what happens to these women?
-Well, you know how it is. They age out, and that's... part of the business.
Where do they go?
- They disappear.
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The anecdotal is the problem, because the fact remains that for every prostitute who thinks that she can manage her own commodification, there are two dozen who can't. Okay. They're brutalized by the process.
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To come in here and pretend that your outcome, right, your personal achievements in a multi-million dollar industry that feeds off and fuels American sexual oppression are representative of what awaits other women. Are they becoming auteurs? Are they gonna get paid for their vision?
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When I first met her, she had a book in her hand: A Tale of Two Cities. It made me realize that people are surprising. And what you do... isn't necessarily who you are.

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jimg2000
Jan 29, 2021

I mean, ain't no fairy tale out here.
-Yeah, well, fairy tales don't end so good either, do they?
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We're finding the more residents call on the cops to patrol prostitution, the less protection there is against violent crime and theft. For every prostitution arrest, the cops spend about seven hours back at the precinct processing the women. And even more time over at the courthouses and in the Tombs. The cops make their quotas... but the basis for these arrests isn't solicitation. It's being a woman, in public, looking a certain way. The pimps and the johns? They're never arrested.

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jimg2000
Jan 29, 2021

Now that the movies are on tape, there's no such thing as an ex-pornstar.
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Every woman's got a price tag hangin' on her ass.
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You need to get back on the horse and ride, show people what they haven't seen before.
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No one ever paid me to act. I knew what I was there to do.
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I didn't think that the script would get so dark.
- It's a tragedy.
Yeah, it is. There's not a lot of tragedy in porn.
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The lawyers say you're completely dead. As a fucking post.
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And the mayor's okay running for reelection on a platform of doing nothing about AIDS?
-The point is not to do something just to be seen doing it, Inspector.
Course not.
-The point is to do the right thing. We could start...
Wouldn't closing them at least send a signal that this is, in fact, a health crisis?
-Don't we know that already?

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jimg2000
Jan 29, 2021

S3, the final season, shows the epoch of the Deuce in 1984/1985 when HIV/AIDS ravages the gay communities, street sex workers moving indoors, outcalls and invasion of human trafficking from Eastern Europe in the twilight of the golden era of porn. Clever final sequence in the last episode showing video on demand streaming and the total gentrification of the Deuce in 2019 vs the 1970s and 1980s. Gone are most of the people who called the NYC neighborhood home.
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First Season (2017): ★★★★ 42nd Street between Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue Tin the 1970s was known as the Deuce, the red light district in NYC. The bar depicted in the series (the Hi-Hat bar was based on a real bar called Tin Pan Alley near Time Square) was one of those places that's like half demimonde, half cultural attraction where everybody somehow mingles, i.e. mobsters, pimps, prostitutes, porn actors, gays, and transgenders. The 1972 Deep Throat, which was the game-changing film of that era was financed by the Mob, became a moment in American culture, a throwback to sex trades before internet porn.
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Second Season (2018): ★★★★ S1 ended right when censorship laws in porno were being interpreted by the courts as protected by the 1st and the 14th Amendments that produced the break thru adult film "Deep Throat." S2 showed how the street scenes of pimps and their ladies were affected by the change. It ended with the headline: "Red Hot" skin flick does boffo first week B.O. The film was directed and co-produced by Candy portrayed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Lastly, with the introduction of VCR, Porn became the Deuce's new raison d'etre.

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