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The Collector (1965)

 -  Drama | Romance | Thriller  -  17 June 1965 (USA)
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A man kidnaps a woman and holds her hostage just for the pleasure of having her there.

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Freddie, a socially withdrawn bank clerk and butterfly collector, decides to expand to collecting human specimens. That's where art student Miranda Grey comes in. Miranda matches wits with Freddie the icy psychopath. Written by A.M.Putnam

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Kenneth More claimed in his autobiography that he can be seen for a split second in the background of one shot in the release print of the film. This might have entitled him to sue the film company, but (he also claimed) he was so fond of director William Wyler that he rejected that idea. See more »

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When Freddie is trying to silence Miranda when she is in the bath, the cones covering her nipples can be clearly seen. See more »

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Freddie Clegg: There'd be a blooming lot more of this sort of thing, if more people had the time and the money.
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Deserves to be known better !
21 October 2005 | by (Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France) – See all my reviews

A butterfly collector finds a Camberwell Beauty and then sets his sights on a larger specimen ( i.e. a human whom he had been secretly admiring for some while ) to add to his collection ! Despite that this film has a limited number of characters, two to be precise, it is very good and captivating indeed, thanks to some excellent camera work and a semi-Hitchcockian sound track ! Naturally, and even more so with this type of film, it's the first viewing which leaves the lasting impression ! Now where could that lovely old house have been situated ? ? The picture quality is absolutely excellent and whilst viewing it recently it suddenly seemed to me that the 1960's were only yesterday and that the forty years that have elapsed since the making of the film had all been condensed into a form of black hole.

Films using a limited number of characters and a pretty basic plot are a bit of a risk but this one passes the test with flying colours and there are little if any dull moments. Both characters perform excellently and the viewer can sympathize with both, especially at the outset ; only as the film advances does one become aware of the underlying horror and this indeed makes the film far more effective than any old blood-and-gore horror movie.

First-time viewings are sure to wear down the edges of most of the viewers' seats ! To be recommended to all those who privilege suspense over special effects !


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