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You'll get this for its "scandalous" reputation, but enjoy it for its great story,
This review is from: Peyton Place (DVD)
Long before David Lynch was fascinated with the notion of wholesome-looking small towns hiding dark underbellies, "Peyton Place" examined the same theme. In fact, "Peyton Place" took the idea one step further: the dark doings under the surface of a "nice" town were one thing, but equally damaging was the fear that one's mistakes, misfortunes, and private business would "get out" and everyone would know about them. That fear, in turn, made it very difficult- at least in this story- to face up to and correct the initial misstep or problem, and thus a vicious circle was created.
So, while "Peyton Place" can definitely be called a soap opera (as every possible over-the-top soap opera situation confronts its many characters), it's a pretty sophisticated soap opera that has something serious to say about adults needing to act like adults and stop being such gossips and busybodies.
I just discovered "Peyton Place" and was surprised how entertaining and well crafted it is. In addition to the film's involving storyline (many storylines, actually), there's a great Franz Waxman score and some incredible scenery. The DVD offers a clean, sharp widescreen print of the film and an interesting and entertaining commentary by members of the original cast. Do yourself a favor and check this movie out
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Initial post: Feb 4, 2007 1:04:18 PM PST
Cynthia A. Mcclelland says:
How can anyone resist the commings and going of a town called Peyton Place.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2007 1:12:33 PM PST
Joseph P. Menta, Jr. says:
haha, exactly. :)
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