Collector

Collector

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Director: William Wyler

Cast: Terence Stamp, Samantha Eggar, Maurice Dallimore

     
 

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John Fowles's novel The Collector was written in the form of a dual diary, one kept by a kidnapper, the other by his victim. The film is told almost exclusively from the point of view of the former, a nerdish British bank clerk named Freddy Clegg (Terence Stamp). A neurotic recluse whose only pleasure is butterfly collecting, Clegg wins $200,000 in the BritishSee more details below

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John Fowles's novel The Collector was written in the form of a dual diary, one kept by a kidnapper, the other by his victim. The film is told almost exclusively from the point of view of the former, a nerdish British bank clerk named Freddy Clegg (Terence Stamp). A neurotic recluse whose only pleasure is butterfly collecting, Clegg wins $200,000 in the British Football Pool. He purchases a huge country estate, fixes up its cellar with all the comforts of home, then kidnaps Miranda (Samantha Eggar), an art student whom he has worshipped from afar. The demented Clegg doesn't want ransom, nor does he want to rape the girl: he simply wants to "collect" her. She isn't keen on this, and tries several times to escape. After several weeks, Clegg and Miranda grow increasingly fond of one another, and Clegg promises to let her go. When time comes for the actual release, however, Clegg decides that Miranda hasn't completely come around to his way of thinking and changes his mind, leading to a further series of unfortunate events.

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The success of The Collector depends almost entirely on its two stars, Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar, since scarcely anyone else is in the movie. Stamp probably delivers the performance of his career as the wonderfully named Freddy Clegg. After winning an Oscar nomination for his second movie, Billy Budd (1962), Stamp took something of a hiatus -- he was one of the leading figures of London's Swinging Sixties -- and didn't appear again until The Collector came out in 1965. He again made a splash, winning a joint acting award with Eggar from the Cannes Film Festival. It's a truly offbeat role, and Stamp gives no quarter in helping the audience feel at ease with him. It's even more remarkable in relation to the radiant innocence of Samantha Eggar, who only got the role after Natalie Wood turned it down. Wood went off to make Inside Daisy Clover, and Eggar was nominated for an Academy Award. William Wyler, one of the studio system's best directors, stands at his usual distance from the material, which has a rather stage-bound feel and lacks a real sense of claustrophobia. Though he made three more features before he died, this film basically marked the end of Wyler's three decades of constant production and enormous success.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2010
UPC:
0014381685626
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
29,140

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Side #1 --
1. Start [4:44]
2. Prey: Miranda Grey [5:22]
3. Kidnapped [2:31]
4. Home Away From Home [3:51]
5. Pool Winter [1:19]
6. Bird in Gilded Cage [3:15]
7. Miranda's Jailer [3:19]
8. "I Love You" [8:13]
9. Appendicitis [2:28]
10. The Bargain [5:31]
11. "Amuse Me" [1:57]
12. Forgetting Himself [4:19]
13. Private Bath [3:08]
14. The Neighbor [4:26]
15. Freddie's Hobby [5:08]
16. Self Portrait [4:34]
17. A Letter to Mum [1:22]
18. Criticism of the Arts [6:30]
19. "I Bought You Something" [7:06]
20. A Toast [1:42]
21. "Marry Me" [2:22]
22. No Force Unless Obliged [3:14]
23. Extending Her Stay [5:06]
24. Seduction of the Innocent [1:28]
25. Garden Party [8:44]
26. Freddie Returns [4:27]
27. "I Don't Want To Die" [2:35]
28. Gone Forever [1:38]

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