The Collector Film Details
Overview: A man kidnaps a woman and holds her hostage just for the pleasure of having her there.
Review: In the sunny ,too sunny country,very nasty things happen.A young man goes chasing butterflies which he kills and adds to his collection.But there’s more … William Wyler,unfairly deemed “academic” ,gave with”the collector” his most sustained piece of work in the sixties.With the impressive exception of “best years of our lives” (1945),it might simply be his very best movie.He really took to new limits the psychological drama in huis clos he had already tackled in the past (little foxes (1941),the heiress(1949),detective story(1951) ;desperate hours (1955))But none of these strong works equal “the collector”:they often verge on melodrama,convention and sentimentality.None of these setbacks show up in the 1965 work:it’s definitely a modern one,ahead of its time ,and of which any great director of the planet would be proud . Using only two characters -John Huston did it before in “heaven knows ,Mr Allison”(1957),but with less startling effects-Wyler sustains interest and suspense till the very end.And I would go as far as saying that the ending prolongates the suspense,because it’s an incredible conclusion,thoroughly immoral(I really wonder why the censorship did not ask Wyler to “sweeten” it) Terence Stamp is the collector,and he’s probably never been better than in this deadly story.Not only he predates Hannibal,copycats, bone collectors and co for three decades,but he runs the whole gamut of emotions:this character was unique for the time,with only Karl-Heinz Boehm’s “peeping tom ” character (1960) as a contender.He is a socially washout,an obscure clerk,his colleagues ‘laughing stock,his only family is a ridiculous auntie,no future prospects,no love of his own,a life unfulfilled to a fault.To think that it takes the director a one- minute black and white flashback to let us know about his hero’s background! Matching him every step of the way is Samantha Eggar’s sensational portrayal of Miranda,the young girl he kidnaps and holds in a cellar.She’s his prisoner,but he’s a prisoner too:of his phantasms,obsessions.The young man suffers in his flesh and his mind ,in spite of his impassive face -Compare Wyler’s work with Stamp here with that of Fellini in “spirit of the dead,part 3 “Tobby Dammit”:although Stamp is outstanding in the Italian’s work too,he’s much more convincing here because the “academic ” Wyler remains in control of his actor. What Stamp cannot forgive Miranda,and the whole world outside it the normal,legal,licit ,- the society approves of it-,side of her happiness,her “joie de vivre” (check the first pictures of her).Maybe her parents are not that much rich,but her father is a doctor and thanks to him,she’s an art student,she’s access to culture and to the in crowd,whereas he will always remain a misfit and a dunce.THe “catcher in the rye” sequence reveals the gap between them. The amour fou which Stamp feels for Eggar will remain platonic because he respects her too much -“respects ” is the keyword,it comes at every dialogue.But maybe it’s because Miranda’ culture puts her on a throne ,an inaccessible icon,which makes the epilogue one of the most terrifying ever filmed. The cinematography and Maurice Jarre’s music are also brilliant assets for a movie that should be missed on no account. This was to be Wyler’s swansong:his last three movies are disappointing:”how to steal a million dollars ” is another comedy,”funny girl” a vehicle for B.S. and “the liberation of L.B. Jones”,just exploited the success of “in the heat of the night” “The collector” must be regarded as his artistic testament.
Country: United Kingdom, United States
Duration: 119 min
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Also known as: Ο συλλέκτης,Samlaren,Ο στραγγαλιστής,The Collector,Колекционерът,L’obsédé,El coleccionista,Kolekcjoner,Obsessie,蝴蝶春夢,Der Fänger,コレクター（1965）,O Colecionador,De verzamelaar,Offer for en samler,Neitoperho,William Wyler’s the Collector,Коллекционер,The Butterfly Collector,O Obcecado,Il collezionista,Korkunç koleksiyoncu,A lepkegyűjtő