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Queen of the Deuce


Screening Information

June 3, 9:15 pm
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Film Details

Countries Greece, Canada
Year 2022
Running Time 75 MIN
Languages English, Greek
Subtitles English
Director Valerie Kontakos

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Bucking her conservative Jewish upbringing in Thessaloniki at the outbreak of WWII, Chelly Wilson left her family in Greece and sailed to New York where she created a new life. Weaving together archival film, home videos, animation and no-holds-barred interviews with her children, grandchildren and associates, this documentary outlines the unconventional trajectory of Chelly’s “American Dream” story, from her humble beginnings to a trailblazing entrepreneur who built a porn cinema empire in New York’s Times Square of the 1960s and 70's. Combining her sharp business acumen with a healthy dose of chutzpah, it is no wonder she became Queen of the Deuce.

Presentation Details

In-person Guests Producer Ed Barreveld and Film Participant David Bourla, grandson of Chelly Wilson

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Reviews "Improbable tale, one of survival, resilience, and good old-fashioned hustle” IndieWire

“Auntie Mame with the swagger and bluntness of Sophie Tucker” FilmForward