The Collector

The Collector

Blu-ray Disc - 2011
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Get ready for an electrifying and chilling film experience that lays bare the intimate longings of a man, and the woman who has become his captive. Based on the best-selling novel by John Fowles, The Collector tells the story of a quiet London bank clerk whose butterflycollecting hobby takes a sinister twist when he kidnaps a most unusual specimen, a beautiful woman. This film is a classic thriller and features a haunting musical score by Maurice Jarre.
Publisher: [United States] : Image Entertainment, [2011]
Branch Call Number: BluRay
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: William Wyler's The collector


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Nov 10, 2017

Based on the novel by John Fowles, director William Wyler’s dark tale of obsession and paranoia easily bypasses all those “damsel in distress” clichés to deliver a truly unsettling psychodrama with Stamp and Eggar perfectly matched as childlike madman and the terrified focus of his sickness—his single-minded mania to possess her finding counterbalance in her frantic desire to escape even if it means playing his game. Already sporting a gothic edge thanks to the crumbling opulence of Clegg’s 16th century manor house, Wyler juxtaposes funereal organ chords with a recurring melody which is disarmingly wistful—the resulting disparity between sight and sound not only ramping up the overall sense of dread, but adding an undercurrent of melancholy as well. Highly controversial for its day (apparently it was accidentally passed uncut for British audiences because the chief censor nodded off during one particularly contentious scene) Wyler’s "Collector" is an effective blending of Hitchcock’s suspense, Haneke’s clinical observation, and just a touch of Von Trier’s taste for emotional cruelty.

May 16, 2016

The Collector was ahead of its time (king of mainstream movies WILLIAM WYLER made this? Really?) but in the 1960s, old line directors were experimenting with extreme cinema to stay relevant. On the other hand, it tells an old story that is as sadly current today as it was then, or ever. This is not a horror story, at least until the end, and Samantha Eggar's character is not a cliched victim. It's a psychological drama, somewhat comparable to 10 Cloverfield Lane and Blue Ruin. Among his many fine performances, this is Terence Stamp's best. He is this type of criminal to the life.

Dec 18, 2014

Based on John Fowles's novel, which you should definitely read, this 1965 film prefigures "Misery" and "The Silence of the Lambs," as well as any number of stalker films. A fresh-faced Terence Stamp plays a lonely, but disturbed man who takes a pretty art student hostage (Samantha Eggar) in hopes that she'll fall in love with him. Much of the action takes place in his house and Stamp and Eggar are in nearly every scene, which gives it a little of a play feel. Stamp, whose character is something of the flipside of the innocent, naive Billy Budd, manages to be both creepy and, if not sympathetic, pitiable, while Eggar is equally good. Veteran Hollywood director William Wyler ("Roman Holiday," "Ben-Hur") keeps it tense and unsettling until the very end. Score by Maurice Jarre.


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