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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  20 October 2006 (Italy)
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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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Lionel Sweeney
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David Nemerov
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Gertrude Nemerov
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Grace Arbus
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Sophie Arbus
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Jack Henry
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Tippa Henry
Mary Duffy ...
Althea
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Allan's New Assistant
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Fiona (Naked Girl) (as Lynn Marie Stetson)
Gwendolyn Bucci ...
Dominatrix
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Lois
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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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Budget:

$16,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,815 (USA) (10 November 2006)

Gross:

$220,914 (USA) (15 December 2006)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, during the fur coat fashion show, Diane goes out onto the porch to expose herself. When she first walks out, the top two buttons of her dress are unbuttoned. The scene cuts to a close-up of Diane and the top two buttons are now buttoned. See more »

Quotes

Lionel Sweeney: [to Diane] Are you trying to seduce me?
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A Dreamer's Holiday
Performed by David Steinberg (as David Steinberg)
Written by Kim Gannon and Mabel Wayne
Used by permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc.
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Next time a true portrayal?
10 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I would be delighted if the Arbus estate, after having seen this film, commission a film called "The True Life of Diane Arbus" with an ending in the same vein as the film portrait of Sylvia Plath.

My feeling, and it is only that, Ms Arbus was never timid in her photography of people. Nor were the people on the fringe of society organised in the way the film suggests they were.

If you like lingering shots of Ms Kidman and enjoy bubblegum for the eyes then do go and see it. If, on the other hand, and that was my motive for going to see the film, you wish to learn more about a talented photographer of worth, then your cinema ticket price might be better spent on a book about Diane Arbus.


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