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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

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Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in love with Lionel Sweeney, an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century.

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Steven Shainberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Diane Arbus
Robert Downey Jr. ... Lionel Sweeney
Ty Burrell ... Allan Arbus
Harris Yulin ... David Nemerov
Jane Alexander ... Gertrude Nemerov
Emmy Clarke ... Grace Arbus
Genevieve McCarthy Genevieve McCarthy ... Sophie Arbus
Boris McGiver ... Jack Henry
Marceline Hugot ... Tippa Henry
Mary Duffy Mary Duffy ... Althea
Emily Bergl ... Allan's New Assistant
Lynn-Marie Stetson ... Fiona - Naked Girl (as Lynn Marie Stetson)
Gwendolyn Bucci ... Dominatrix
Christina Rouner ... Lois
Matt Servitto ... Handsome Client
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In 1958, in New York City, the upper class Diane Arbus is a frustrated and lonely woman with a conventional marriage with two daughters. Her husband is a photographer sponsored by the wealthy parents of Diane, and she works as his assistant. When Lionel Sweeney, a mysterious man with hypertrichosis (a.k.a. werewolf syndrome, a disease that causes excessive body hair), comes to live in the apartment in the upper floor, Diane feels a great attraction for him and is introduced to the world of freaks and marginalized people, falling in love with Lionel. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,815, 12 November 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$220,914, 17 December 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,281,089, 6 January 2008
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Steven Shainberg's uncle, Lawrence, was a close friend of Diane Arbus. See more »

Goofs

One of the negatives that Mr. Arbus is developing is a Kodak T-MAX 400, which was not available in 1958. See more »

Quotes

Lionel Sweeney: [to Diane] Are you trying to seduce me?
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Featured in At the Movies: The Worst of 2006 (2007) See more »

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Starlight Serenade
Written by Alan Moorhouse
Published by KPM/APM
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Lost somewhere between "Beauty & the Beast" and "Eyes Wide Shut"

"Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus" is a peculiar little film.

On its surface the film intends to buck conventional wisdom by creating a biographic film made up of fabricated material. This is done in an effort to understand the inner-vision of photographer and photojournalist Diane Arbus whose most famous work was of societal outcasts.

Nicole Kidman plays her in the film, quietly submitting to the oppressive attitudes of the late-1950's. She supports and assists her husband in his photo studio, although she clearly yearns to explore her own artistry. When a mysterious man who conceals himself under an elaborate mask moves in upstairs, she becomes obsessed with him and begins a quest to capture his portrait for herself.

As directed by Steven Shainberg, of "Secretary" fame, "Fur" is a dreamy, visual treat, with a subtle erotic pulse. It's a strange and off-putting film with deliberate pacing and devoted performances by Kidman and Robert Downey Jr.


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