The Collector (1965)
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Critic Reviews for The Collector
William Wyler received his twelfth (and last) Oscar nomination for directing this tense, well-acted adapation of John Fowler's novel, starring Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar.
The Collector's weaknesses are not enough to destroy an essentially good film. It passes the ultimate critical test in that it compels a fair degree of involvement.
Audience Reviews for The Collector
You could call this a love story if you wanted to, but it doesn't quite describe William Wyler's 1965 psychological thriller The Collector. It's more about learning about a man who's mind is clearly not stable, and what we find out about him later. The film builds on a tension through the eyes of the culprit and his victim and rarely moves away from that, if ever. Through dialogue and body language, we learn a lot about these two people and we're interested in seeing what becomes of them. A minor complaint would be the film's look. Despite very strong direction from Wyler, the look of the film is pretty sparse and uninteresting. It looks like a television show rather than a film, which is a shame because playing with the color palette and lighting could have been a real benefit for such a tense atmosphere. Regardless, it's still a masterwork of terrific performances and story Wyler and from both Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar.
Sad and creepy but still very watchable thanks to the usual excellent direction of William Wyler and the accomplished playing of Samantha Eggar and especially Terence Stamp whose icy demeanor as well as his ice blue eyes have rarely matched his character so well. The ending is chilling.
Eh, the book was much creepier.