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Queen of the Deuce trailer
Queen of the Deuce directed by Valerie Kontakos

Directed by Valerie Kontakos, the documentary Queen of the Deuce tells the story of Chelly Wilson, entrepreneur, and Holocaust escapist who built an empire in the Times Square pornography circuit in the 1970s. The film world premieres at DOC NYC on November 11, 2022.

From the late ’60s to the mid ’80s, in the notorious Times Square area known as the Deuce, the eccentric, Greek-born Chelly Wilson built a gay porn cinema empire and a reputation as one of the most savvy and charismatic figures on the scene.

With a cigarette in hand and bags of money stashed in the corner, Chelly regularly held court in her bunkerlike apartment above the legendary 8th Avenue all-male Adonis Theatre, summoning a lively cabal of associates, entertainers and fellow poker players, with her female lovers always hovering and grandchildren often underfoot.

Queen of the Deuce reveals Chelly’s origins as a taboo-breaking entrepreneur and traces the fraught events that lead to her departure from Europe on the eve of war, and the unconventional trajectories of her American business ventures and personal life. With the rise of feminism, the sexual revolution and gay pride in frame, the film is an alternate take on cultural history as seen through Chelly Wilson’s empowering story of survival.

Watch the trailer for the Queen of the Deuce.

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