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A bare bone release of a 1950s Lana Turner melodrama
on 5 October 2005
Peyton Place is a 1950s melodrama, unusual perhaps in its more frank references to sex, illegitimate children and rape when compared with to other films of the same genre and period. But scratching just a bit below the surface is not much more than an up-market soap-opera. I liked the film, but I have to say that I doubt I will remember much of it in a few months. It's a slow paced story of seasons and changes told by a woman looking back on her last year at high-school, in 1941, the year Pearl Harbor was bombed and the americans entered the second world war. It wants to be a story of lost innocence but it's far too conscious of it to fully work. It was quite successful in its time, earning quite a few Oscar nominations, including 5 for the cast lead by Lana Turner and Hope Lange. As for the DVD it has no extras, but it does show the film in a very good copy, with wonderful colours. It's hard to know who I could recommend this film to. Most of my friends would be bored with its two and a half hours, but if you like the films of the period or melodramas in general (which you probably do, since you are in this page), I think you should go for it. Maybe you'll fall in love with it.