Hollywood veteran William Wyler was scouting locations for The Sound Of Music when a script adapted from John Fowles’ debut novel came up. Wyler promptly quit the musical (after Ben-Hur, he could afford to) in favour of this insidious two-hander.
An inhibited young butterfly collector (a compellingly creepy Terence Stamp) becomes obsessed with beautiful art student (Samantha Eggar), so decides to keep her locked in a cellar.
Wyler coolly builds up the claustrophobia, and the whole film quivers with repressed eroticism.
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