The Collector
Drama, Thriller, Romance
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William Wyler
Terence Stamp as Freddie Clegg
Samantha Eggar as Miranda Grey
Mona Washbourne as Aunt Annie
Maurice Dallimore as The Neighbor
Storyline: Freddie, a socially withdrawn bank clerk and butterfly collector, decides to expand to collecting human specimens. That's where art student Miranda Grey comes in. Miranda matches wits with Freddie the icy psychopath.
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File Size 696 Mb
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Bitrate 816 Kbps
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Terrence Stamp Delivers Creepy Performance in Deeply Unsettling Film
This intensely creepy film showcases director William Wyler in his intimate, character-study mode, and features a superb performance from Terrence Stamp in the title role, as the "collector" of beauty. Stamp creates a portrait of sexual obsession that is every bit as unsettling in its way as the long legacy of serial killer movies in existence. Samantha Eggar, as one of Stamp's "specimens," is used more as a catalyst for driving the plot and less as a character for whom we have any great deal of interest. Is that a flaw of the material or the intention of Wyler and novelist John Fowles, on whose book this is based? If their intention was to make us sympathize with, and even relate to, the character with the obsession, they succeed brilliantly.

The ending genuinely surprised me, which happens all too infrequently in movies like this. The film feels like a product of independent cinema before independent cinema really existed.

Grade: A
Not top drawer Wyler
First of all, let me say I'm a William Wyler fan -- while not being a "genius", he worked in a great variety of genres with passion, boldness and superior craftsmanship. He got us used to expecting first-rate films; because of that, "The Collector" is ultimately rather unsatisfying. It's not bad, of course – but it's a long shot from WW's huis clos masterpieces like "These Three", "The Letter", "The Little Foxes", "The Heiress" or "Desperate Hours".

"The Collector" is at least half an hour overlong. The plot has become predictable after 40 years of so many films about psychopath serial killers and the screenplay is underdeveloped in terms of potential conflicts and twists. The music here is crucial due to the little amount of dialogue and the building of a growingly desperate atmosphere and Maurice Jarre's music simply lacks inventiveness and thrilling power, it's just ineffective -- the film asked for a score in the line of Bernard Herrmann to fill up the action. The cinematography of masters Krasker and Surtees is luxurious instead of stifling. The clash between Stamp's and Eggar's acting styles doesn't help their characters: Stamp goes "Method" while Eggar stays realistic, though they both look extremely attractive in their mid-20s.

All that said, this movie will be a nice choice for a rainy evening, although one has, through the years, been given the right to expect more from champ Wyler. My vote: 6 out of 10.
"I just have to have you here a little longer."
"The Collector" (1965) directed by William Wyler and based on the John Fowles' novel is a very impressive, chilling, and disturbing film that tells the story of a shy London bank employee, Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp in a performance that won him Best Actor Award at Cannes Film Festival), an avid butterfly collector who became obsessed by a young beautiful Art Student, Miranda (Samantha Eggar, also Cannes Film Festival winner and Academy Award nominee) and decided to kidnap her and keep her as a part of his collection in the basement of his secluded house in the country side. What makes the movie truly memorable - is the fact that Freddy is not a predictable villain and the girl is not always sympathetic. The Collector is more than just a thriller in the way it shows the relationship between a prisoner and her jailer. All Freddie wants from Miranda is to get to know him and to love him and he is happy to fulfill her every desire only denying returning her freedom. The most memorable scene in the movie is the dialog between Miranda and Freddy after he had read Miranda's favorite book, "Catcher in the Rye" and they discuss it and the discussion turns into a very heated argument about the social and cultural differences between two completely different worlds they belong and why Freddie's of this world would hardly have a chance with girls like Miranda.

Not widely known, the film is a real treasure and I highly recommend it. My only problem is the musical score by Maurice Jarre - it simply does not work very well in this movie and that surprised me knowing how effective Jarre's score was in "Les Yeux sans visage" (1960) aka "Eyes Without Face".

I was so impressed with the movie that I checked out Fowles' novel (it was his first published book) from the public library and I will read it in the next few days
Emotionally, very draining
Watching this movie will leave you depressed. This is not a criticism of the film, but rather the subject matter of the film itself and is testimony to the excellent direction from William Wyler in bringing John Fowld's novel to the screen. A haunting and a quite moving almost lyrical musical score from Maurice Jarre, succeeds in giving the movie resonance, along with the perfect casting of Samantha Eggar and Terence Stamp.

That, Samantha Eggar, conveys such an air of ethereal beauty and simply radiates an intrinsic unaffected innocence in her portrayal of the hapless prisoner, one's feeling of despondency in watching this movie becomes more acute as the story grinds painfully on - at the protagonist's narrative pace - inexorably to its conclusion.

A personal barometer, for me, in evaluating whether a movie succeeds or not-either to entertain or to enlighten-is its enduring impact long after I've left the theatre. This movie has stayed with me for over 25 years.

My brief review of the film
A well directed, cleverly captivating film allegory about the psychological impact of inhibition, it is not at all very faithful to the book, but as a film independent of the novel it stands quite strong. The use of flashbacks works well, Stamp is a very good choice for the lead, easy doing a lot better with his role than Eggar (in spite of her receiving an Oscar nomination and not him). The material nevertheless is not handled as well by the screenwriters as by Fowles, with shallower characters and only a small psychological grip. The film has a lot in it to admire, but it is not all that potent, and it could have been quite improved, but it is good nonetheless.
Very Entertaining
Although the kidnap/hostage situation in William Wyler's psychological thriller "The Collector" (1966) has some superficial similarities to "Silence of the Lambs", it offers a much more complex and subtle dynamic. The two main characters find themselves both in a classic "can't win" situation. Freddie (Terence Stamp) desperately hopes that Miranda (Samantha Egger) will fall in love with him but his love for her is so unrealistic that any deviation from his preconceived notions of their ideal relationship frustrates him. Miranda is trapped figuratively as much as literally; any resistance makes Freddie angry and yet he detects insincerity when she tries to conform to his wishes.

So while the screenplay omits the best elements of John Fowles' bestseller it does generate a fair amount of chess match type tension from its doomed dynamic.

That the film falls short of cinema greatness is mostly because Wyler is unable to establish an effective point of view. Freddie bookends the story with some voice-over narration but everything between is told from a sterile neutral perspective that makes character identification impossible.

Freddie is a childlike young man who has developed an obsession with unsuspecting art student Miranda. He has been observing her from afar for some time, then one day he puts his plan into action and abducts her with his van and imprisons her in the basement room of an isolated estate he has just purchased. Freddie knows that he would normally stand no chance with a privileged and beautiful girl like Miranda (there is a social class subtext to the film). He hopes that when she gets to know him through forced contact that she will fall in love with the person he is beneath the surface. This is not a "Stockholm Syndrome" dependency type of thing but rather Freddie's belief that the only obstacle to their love is getting past the superficial obstacles to them relating to each other in a normal situation.

There is also an implication that he wants her more for display purposes than for companionship and this is given considerable compare and contrast treatment with his hobby of butterfly collecting.

Freddie is too likable and Stamp has some trouble selling the occasional violent mood swings; whatever his psychosis it is given a very shallow and uneven treatment. Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom" featured a much more disturbed villain and neatly connected the viewer to his POV. And Egger is too sterile for the film to generate much erotic interest even with its frequent bondage scenes. Not being able to strongly identify with either character limits the amount of suspense and the lamely tacked on twist at the very end is out of character and breaks the film's unity.

Wyler's excellent acting for the camera direction generates solid performances from Stamp and Egger, and makes for an above average film well worth your viewing time. The Columbia DVD features a good print color-wise but not the cinema original-rather it appears to be a 4:3 version that was cropped vertically to appear as widescreen. The the original trailer is included in the DVD package but there is neither a commentary nor a background feature.
This Collector Borders on the Ridiculous to the Absurd **1/2
Terence Stamp is fabulous in the part of a brooding etymologist who kidnaps Samantha Eggar in this 1965 weird picture. Everyone knows that he has no intention whatsoever of releasing his true love. In fact, he has been watching her for quite a while. Along the way, Eggar tries to escape to no avail. There is no sex between the two and the piece becomes one of sheer boredom. It is almost laughable in certain scenes.

In fact, Eggar developing pneumonia during all this is probably a welcomed relief.

Is Stamp another Scarlett? Does he actually realize that Eggar was really never for him?
A Totally Top Realistic Portrayal of a Unfortunately Real Situation!
When I recently saw "The Collector" 1965 on Fearnet OnDemand. I didn't know what to expect as the main male character collects butterflies and is a Bank Clerk played by Terrence Stamp. Where could this go? I thought and little did I Know I was Taken on a Deep Reaching Emotion Filled Trip!As the overly-withdrawn bank clerk decides to get a certain woman for a permanent date of sorts!This is when one is taken on the Trying Emotional Trip That is done excellently by the pacing of the movie to let one feel they are going through this situation themselves and getting into the character of the Woman played by Samantha Eggar as well by odd enough in spots for the man- Terrance Stamp!I was actually stunned by this movie and will always have feelings for the female character and highly recommend, bringing to life what these captured Women go through in a situation that still unfortunately continues and would help one to understand what these women go through!It's Effectively Emotionally Disturbing and one should watch it in quiet when they won't be disturbed and this is the Best Way to watch this to Feel the Full Impact of the Situation Yourself!Not many movies in Fact no new ones bring out the Emotions in me like this one did! Only a 60's Classic like this can Leave Me Stunned in Real Life!Totally Top! In Fact Samatha Eggar and Terrance Stamp Won Awards for this well deserved! Samatha Eggar received a nomination for The Academy Award for Best Actress for "The Collector" Directed by William Wyler also did win Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress- Motion Picture Drama The Sant Jordi Award for Best Performances in a Foreign Film Among others, as well from the fans and people that saw this realistic slice of Human Culture As Unfortunate as it is! Another interesting note is that the Movie was original 3 hours in length so 61 minutes got cut out!There was a different ending made also but it was not used for effect and a good choice for true impact! I would like to see a restored version but at that perhaps Thats what made it be such a Stunner as released!! So Brilliant on that! As I know that can be drastic to meaning of movie as well the Producer and Director and the Stars for sure!It's completely worthy as released for a fact! Please watch it by yourself in the dark with no disturbances because you will become disturbed by this Classic!Excellently played by Samatha Eggar!Samantha Eggar is engrossing and you feel for her character in the movie!I noticed elements of later movies apparently that were influenced to copy!
Diamond in the rough -- Great Film -- Must See!
I had never heard of this film and saw it on cable for the first time recently. What a great spooky film! Stamp and Eggar are brilliant. Eggar deservingly was nominated for Best Actress for this role but Stamp should've been nominated too. Very good dialogue and would make a great play. Very suspenseful too. I would urge you to rent this. Good luck finding it though.
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