Freddie, a socially withdrawn bank clerk and butterfly collector, decides to expand to collecting human specimens.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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Like Michael Powell's Peeping Tom, William Wyler's The Collector has always seemed to me a film dedicated to film-lovers. Do you remember the first time you fell in love with an actor (-tress) on the big screen? You are a collector. Highly recommended.
Wyler & Co churn out a dense & broodingly patient work anchored around 2 central performances. Confidently effective with its limited locals & cast, the dark material precipitates a movement that would soon upend American cinema. The vibrant technicolor & liberal studio lighting are particularly interesting as they often betray the surprisingly gloomy subject matter. Quite the intriguing watch, esp w/ the crisp blu.
Sharp psychological suspense piece from veteran director William Wyler, based around two strong performances by Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar. Well-crafted with a number of memorable moments, but as far as thrillers of confinement go, this isn't quite one of the absolute best, but it is a solid thriller. Excellent score by Maurice Jarre.
Probably my favourite Wyler, a film in much smaller scale than, say, The Little Foxes or The Best Years of Our Lives. The Collector has something special to it - something quirky and flawed that adds a layer of poetry that Wyler's most well-realized films do not have. On the surface it is a well-handled thriller; underneath, it is a Hitchcockian parable, a colorful nightmare of lust & maladjustment.
Despite having read the book, this still kept me engaged. Stamp portrays Freddie perfectly by subtly changing his demeanor whenever his mood changes, and Eggar complements his performance but still shines on her own. I'm glad the book's ending was retained, because it's way more sinister, and the whole film would have otherwise seemed pointless and anticlimactic.
A gem of a film. Made around the same time as 'Blow up' and with a similar deep internal narrative going on. I love the British class subtext that is brought into the middle of such an internal psychological thriller. As an outsider, Wyler could see clearly the rise of the working class voice in British cinema and bring it subtly into the film. Stamp's piercing eyes & awkward movement help portray his psychopathy.