“The Deuce” Returns: Where Are We?

“The Deuce” returned last night on HBO, and I was glad of it. I’ll watch any episode of any series created by David “The Wire” Simon. A title card explains that it’s 1977, but that feels almost besides the point, as the two-minute continuous take that follows it — and follows Candy from the street into Vincent‘s new Club 366 — makes clear that glam rock has given way to disco, with all the music, fashions and dance moves to go with it. I won’t spoil all the plot details, but I will say I’m glad that Candy, now a successful director/producer of porn, is still fighting for the female gaze to be present in her work. This theme is feeling a little obvious, but it reflects the reality of what a woman filmmaker would have had to go through in 1977.

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