Collector, The (1965, GBR/USA) C-119m. *** D: William Wyler. Starring Terence Stamp, Samantha Eggar, Mona Washbourne, Maurice Dallimore, Kenneth More. Quietly disturbing psycho drama about self-conscious butterfly collector Stamp, who falls in love with art student Eggar, and being too afraid to approach her, he kidnaps her hoping she will fall in love with him, too. Fine adaptation of John Fowles' brilliant novel obviously simplifies proceedings, but director Wyler creates a unique mood, telling his story through images and score (by Maurice Jarre) rather than dialogue. Highly recommended. Predates the serial killer / psychopath movies by years. Story officially remade once as PRISONER OF THE DARK (1986), clearly influenced THE DEFILERS (1965), BILBAO (1978) and even MISERY (1990). Also released as THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTOR.


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