Peyton Place (1957)
Peyton Place (1957)
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as Constance MacKenzie
as Selena Cross
as Michael Rossi
as Allison MacKenzie
as Dr. Matthew Swain
as Lucas Cross
as Norman Page
as Betty Anderson
as Rodney Harrington
as Ted Carter
as Nellie Cross
as Mrs. Thornton
as Seth Bushwell
as Charles Partridge
as Marion Partridge
as Mrs. Page
as Joey Cross
as Paul Cross
as Pee Wee
as Naval Officer
as Miss Colton
as Army Sergeant
as Cory Hyde
as Jury Foreman
as Court Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Peyton Place
Under Mark Robson's direction, every one of the performers delivers a topnotch portrayal.
It comes with its full quota of sex, conspiracy and violence, but the story is told in such circumspect fashion that next to nobody was offended.
It's corn in the grand style, much of it delivered with sweep and conviction, and the intrigues come thick and fast.
Peyton Place, with its myriad plot threads and cast of characters is a rollicking good yarn with obvious melodramatic tensions borne from some very juicy themes.
This is the kind of hypertensive trash that gives melodrama a bad name, cynically tempering its naughty bits with smug moralizing.
See it for 1950s' sexual mores if nothing else.
Audience Reviews for Peyton Place
Filme baseado em um romance escrito por Grace Metalious que se tornou best seller por abordar temas como sexo na adolescência, incesto, aborto e rebeldia juvenil - é uma longa lista! O desafio aqui é levar tudo isso para as telas em uma época em que o código de censura (the Hayes Code) ainda dominava Hollywood, algo que o filme consegue com moderado sucesso. Indicado para 9 Oscar (sem levar nenhum), A Caldeira do Diabo possui um parentesco próximo com os melodramas produzidos pelo diretor Douglas Sirk no mesmo período, mas sem a classe e a sofisticação dos filmes do mesmo. O roteiro não deixa esconder as origens pulp do livro, com muitas passagens parecendo terem sido extraídas diretamente de romances populares vendidos para jovens adolescentes.
A narrativa se assemelha à À Sombra de uma Dúvida de Alfred Hitchcock e Veludo Azul de David Lynch, na medida que mostra a camada podre por trás de uma cidadezinha interiorana dos Estados Unidos. Lana Turner é Constance MacKenzie, mulher viúva com uma filha adolescente (a inexpressiva Diane Varsi) e um passado misterioso. Logo ela se vê confrontada com a explosão sexual da jovem e também da trágica história da amiga adolescente que é abusada pelo padrasto. Muitos tapas, lágrimas, corridas escada acima e soluços em travesseiros se seguem nas duas horas e meia de filme. O maior predicado de A Caldeira do Diabo é fazer com que a história se mantenha interessante e não seja arrastada pela longa duração. Também se torna curioso ver assuntos tão polêmicos abordados no cinema dos anos cinqüenta, ainda que a execução deixe a desejar. Já uso do formato de tela larga CinemaScope não ajuda muito, pois os cenários têm aparência barata e parecem terem sido feitos para um programa de televisão.
What invented the modern melodrama? What spawned generations of soap operas from "Dallas" up to and including "Desperate Housewives?" What made enough impact on popular culture that it was included in Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire",between "Princess Grace",and "Trouble in the Suez?" Why,that would be "Peyton Place",the 1957 film that was based on the scandalous novel by Grace Metalious,that was so successful that it spawned a even more scandalous 1961 sequel "Return To Peyton Place",and later on an even less scandalous toned down version of successful television series that premiered on ABC-TV in the fall of 1964 and lasted five seasons on the network ending in the summer of 1969 after an astounding 514 episodes that launched the careers of Ryan O'Neal, Mia Farrow and Barbara Parkins. The original 1957 motion picture PEYTON PLACE got a bit of a boost when its star Lana Turner was involved in the real-life scandal of her daughter's murdering Turner's gangster lover---dealt with ideas were downright unthinkable or even unheard of during the mid-1950's when this film was released:Adultery! Incest! Picturesque small town America having dark,seamy underbellies and even darker undertones that shocked audiences who went to see it! Still the film was toned down a mite from the source material,to the point that the Catholic Legion of Decency gave this film an "A". Despite of was critics and those haters and audiences who have spilt decisions against it,PEYTON PLACE went on to become one of the highest grossing films of the year...a huge runaway hit upon its release for 20th Century-Fox,given the full "Cinemascope" treatment and color and was nominated for an impressive nine Academy Awards including Best Picture(winning none but lost to David Lean's Bridge On The River Kwai which won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1957). The name remains synonymous with its sordid small-town drama. PEYTON PLACE was the only movie based on Grace Metalious that not it spawned a sequel,but also a long-running mid-1960's television series,two movie for TV movies and not to even mention a short-lived daytime serial "Return To Peyton Place".
NOTE: Only two of it stars from the original movie went on to star in both the sequel and the television series: Actors Lloyd Nolan, Hope Lange and Arthur Kennedy.
For the most part this is a really good drama, but it was probably better as a book. You can see that the film makers were trying to push the limits of what they could do on screen at the time, and it's interesting to see how this movie deals with its controversial topics, but the movie is also pretty boring in some scenes. Plus, it's kind of long. Overall it's pretty good, but it could have been better, if they made this movie in the seventies it would have been better i think.
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