Peyton Place: A Consideration of Its Role in Film and Television History


Program Description:

What do Peyton Place and Hollywood in the late 1950s have in common? At first glance, each town presented a perfect picture of social tranquility and quiet prosperity, but underneath the glittering facade loomed anxious denial and impending crises. This talk considers what Peyton Place can tell us about how Hollywood began to confront its darkest secrets - changing social mores, shrinking audiences, and a rapidly declining studio system. The talk will also explore what Peyton Place, both as a movie and prime time soap opera, reveals about Hollywood's often uneasy relations with the newest medium to take up residence in tinsel town - television.


Jeff Klenotic

Jeffrey Klenotic is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts at the University of New Hampshire. He is a past winner of his College’s Teaching Excellence Award and is passionate about working with students and the public to promote the study of media, culture and society. He has also won two UNH Faculty Scholars Awards for his pioneering digital humanities project, Mapping Movies, which uses Geographic Information System technology to create interactive, web-based maps that allow users to explore the connections between cinema, everyday life and social history. A founding member of the International Cinema Audiences Research Group (ICARG) and the History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception (HoMER) project, he has given invited lectures and research presentations to students and scholars in many countries around the world. His essays on cinema history have been published in journals such as Senses of Cinema, Film History, Communication Review and The Velvet Light Trap, as well as in numerous books and encyclopedias.

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