The Collector

Dir: William Wyler
Cast: Terence Stamp, Samantha Eggar
119mins   1965   UK/USA   15   English   

With a live introduction by Jeremy Page

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 - a neurotic recluse whose only pleasure is butterfly collecting, Winning the Pools, he buys a huge country estate, fixes up its cellar with all the comforts of home, then kidnaps an art student whom he has worshipped from afar. Clegg simply wants to 'collect' her. She tries several times to escape, but they eventually grow increasingly fond of one another and Clegg promises to let her go. When time comes for the actual release, events take a different turn.

'Wyler's skill with performances makes the film constantly riveting' - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

Also screening at Depot: The French Lieutenant's Woman


Wed 22 August