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Maine in the Movies: Peyton Place
345 Main St., Rockland, ME 04841
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Shot on location in in Camden, Belfast, Rockland, Lincolnville, Rockport, and Thomaston, Maine, Peyton Place was nominated for no less than nine Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, five Best Acting or Supporting Acting nominations and—perhaps in part thanks to Camden’s great beauty—Best Cinematography. In this adaptation of Grace Metalious’ popular novel, steamy goings-on abound in the small, prim New England community of Peyton Place. Newcomer Michael Rossi arrives in town on the eve of World War II and is soon involved with gorgeous but prudish shop owner Constance MacKenzie (Lana Turner), who keeps some secrets from her daughter, Allison. Amidst engagements and school graduations, Michael discovers seething, dark undercurrents that include assault, suicide—and murder.
Screened as part of Maine in the Movies, a statewide festival of films set in Maine.