While not the first state many would think of when it comes to moviemaking, Maine has a long history with film, dating back more than 100 years.
Many directors took advantage of Maine’s accessible and picturesque rocky coastlines and wooded lakes. Silent films like the 1918 “Queen of the Sea” directed by John G. Adolfi featured the rough granite ledges near Thunder Hole on Mount Desert Island.
Perhaps most famously, “Carousel” and “Peyton Place” were filmed in Maine in the mid-1950s.
When not utilizing a soundstage,”Carousel” featured Boothbay Harbor, while the fictional scandal-ridden mill town of “Peyton Place” transformed parts of Camden and other Maine towns for the controversial film featuring superstars such as Lana Turner.
Maine’s land and seascapes continue to inspire directors today, as nearly a century after the “Queen of the Sea’s” use of Mount Desert Island, director Martin Scorsese filmed scenes for “Shutter Island” at nearly the same location.