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Boasting a fine ensemble cast and executive produced by David Simon, George Pelecanos, Nina K. Noble and James Franco, The Deuce chronicles the rise of the porn industry that began in New York City in 1971-72, driven by the gradual legalization of porn and a politically motivated effort to "clean up" Times Square. Seizing the chance to cash in on the nascent porn business (and sometimes being consumed by it) are a vivid assortment of characters, including: Vincent Martino (James Franco), a bartender with vision and connections; Frankie Martino (Franco again), Vincent's identical twin, a dangerously freewheeling counterpart to his entrepreneurial brother; Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a self-made, on-the-street sex worker eying a new career in porn filmmaking; pimps C.C. (Gary Carr) and Larry Brown (Gbenga Akinnagbe); young prostitutes Darlene (Dominique Fishback) and Lori (Emily Meade); midtown cop Chris Alston (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.); newspaper reporter Sandra Washington (Natalie Paul); mob capo Rudy Pipilo (Michael Rispoli); disillusioned college student Abby Parker (Margarita Levieva); and others. Over the course of eight S1 episodes, viewers will get an up-close look at a gritty world of sex, crime, high times and sudden violence, as the porn business begins its climb to legitimacy, cultural permanence … and billion-dollar profitability.]]>
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Having walked along the deuce every day back and forth to high school in the 1960's, I can say that this series portrays the situation there exactly as it was then and throughout the 1970's.
In the main it is a successful project with plenty of humour and tough street situations that you would expect from the creators of The Wire. There are also plenty of strong sex scenes which are done realistically and not pruriently; you won’t get a sexual kick out of them. Instead they depict sex accurately as a commodity, no different to buying a can of baked beans.
A few criticisms: a lot of this ground was covered by The Wire and viewers will find that they get a strong sense of deja vu. Additionally I felt there were too many “quotes” of classic ‘70s films - Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New Centurions, Serpico etc - and while that may charm the cineastes it also suggests a lack of originality, something no one could ever accuse The Wire of.
Speaking of classic 70’s New York films, when comparing The Deuce to them, despite the lashings of graphic sex and occassionally violence, it is a decidedly lightweight & breezy affair, lacking the gravity that those movies had and continue to have. It’s not a dark show at all, definitely a “feel good”.
The Blu-Ray is outstanding with strong detail exhibited throughout and no DNR or other such egregious digital manipulation. The colour timing of the show is something of an acquired taste though. Colours are unnatural and quite often lack harmony such as the interiors which exhibit a peculiar orange tint, jarring initially but pleasing once you accept the filmmakers intentions. Interestingly, I read an interview with the cinematographer who stated that the New York street lights of the 1970s contained a mercury element that gave out a greenish hue to the city at night. It was this quality that he tried to capture when determining the colour of the outdoor night scenes (they too have a greenish quality). I appreciate this kind of artistic dedication and it’s best to approach the look of the show with this in mind.
So in summary, an excellent if less than perfect show with well-drawn characters, realistic situations, weird colours and a set that captures the rough-hewn vibe of vintage New York authentically. I certainly intend to watch this again before the next season becomes available which I guess is as high an accolade as one can give.
bored at watching Treme--couldn't finish it. Maybe it's the Ed Burns (writer) connection I'm missing.
One James Franco's too much. Watching two of him is probably going to be the wall that I hit that stops me from watching the entire season one; or any other season.
Would have been more interesting if he had focused on the west coast in the same time period. The Mitchell Brothers in San Francisco - the first major film coming from them: Behind the Green Door, Their later troubles....
Further on into the 70's, the billion dollar industry down in the valley in LA (hiding in plain sight with cameramen/techs from "straight" Hollywood moonlighting to work on porn).
Oh well...Boogie Nights tried but shot its first blank with casting Marky Mark as the John Holmes representation.