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Peyton Place 

When: Fri., Jan. 21, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $5 ($3.50 for students)
What invented the modern melodrama? What spawned generations of soap operas up to and including Desperate Housewives? What made enough of an 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 scandalous novel by Grace Metalious that was adapted into an almost-as-scandalous 1957 film, and later, an even-less-scandalous TV series. The film—which got a bit of a boost when star Lana Turner was involved in the real-life scandal of her daughter murdering Turner's gangster lover—dealt with ideas that were downright unthinkable in the 1950s: Adultery! Incest! Picturesque small towns having dark, seamy underbellies! Still, the film was toned down a mite from the source material, to the point that the Catholic Legion of Decency gave it an "A." But it was a huge hit, nominated for nine Academy Awards (winning none), and the name remains synonymous with sordid small-town drama. See what all the fuss was about at 8 p.m., when a Fox Archive print will be screened at the N.C. Museum of Art's East Building Museum Auditorium. Admission is $5, or $3.50 for students and members of the NCMA, Cinema Inc. and Galaxy Cinema. Independent Weekly contributor Laura Boyes presents the film, which is part of the museum's Norman Rockwell-themed Winter-Spring Film Series. —Zack Smith

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