DIRECTOR: WILLIAM WYLER
CAST: TERENCE STAMP, SAMANTHA EGGAR, MONA WASHBOURNE
A late triumph for studio-era veteran Wyler, who turned down The Sound of Music (!) to instead make this skin-crawling study in obsession. Wyler’s film takes full advantage of the new license of the 1960s in depicting Stamp as a mentally-unbalanced lepidopterist and Samantha Eggar as the art student crush who becomes an unwilling human addition to his collection in this harrowing, psychologically acute adaptation from John Fowles’ novel.
The Collector is screening as part of the series Terence Stamp.