- Wednesday, July 13, 6:00 pm / Waterville Opera House
Sponsored by Camden National Bank
World Premiere of a new 35mm Restoration!
Special guests: Schawn Belston, Executive Vice President, Media & Library Services, Fox Filmed Entertainment and Michael Pogorzelski, Director, Academy Film Archive; Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; Discussion moderated by Willard Carroll
Shot on location in in Camden, Belfast, Rockland, Lincolnville, Rockport, and Thomaston, Maine, in the ’50s and now gorgeously brought to new life in this spectacular 35mm restoration on the eve of its 60th birthday, 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 rape, suicide—and murder.
A short returning us to the film’s locations—in the present day. Surprisingly little has changed—at least on the surface!