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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lionel Sweeney
David Nemerov
Gertrude Nemerov
Grace Arbus
Genevieve McCarthy ...
Sophie Arbus
Jack Henry
Tippa Henry
Mary Duffy ...
Allan's New Assistant
Fiona (Naked Girl) (as Lynn Marie Stetson)
Gwendolyn Bucci ...
Handsome Client


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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Release Date:

20 October 2006 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Fur  »

Box Office


$16,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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MGM optioned the biography upon which this film is based ("Arbus") in 1984 as a possible starring vehicle for Diane Keaton. See more »


Towards the end of the movie, Lionel is shown beginning to blow up the canvas raft. He later explains that it is for Diane when he takes his final swim. Someone suffering from such extremely low lung function that he will only live a few months would never be able to inflate a raft that size. See more »


Lionel Sweeney: You saw me the night I moved in, remember?
Diane Arbus: Yes.
Lionel Sweeney: I definitely saw you. You trying to seduce me, Diane?
Diane Arbus: No, no.
Lionel Sweeney: No?
Diane Arbus: God, no.
Lionel Sweeney: Is that why you came up here in the middle of the night?
Diane Arbus: I, um... Well, I would like to, uh, I'd like to take a portrait of you and your... your wife.
Lionel Sweeney: I don't have a wife.
Diane Arbus: Well then, I would like to take a portrait of you, just you.
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Atrocious waste
1 June 2007 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

For anyone who cares to know something about the real Diane Arbus, or who values psychological veracity, this film is abysmal. Arbus was a brilliant, talented, restless, and troubled person, but this film depicts her as completely self-involved, and truly bizarre in her taste and judgment. Kidman portrays her as wan and vague, whereas she was someone who knocked people over with her charisma. The totally fictional relationship that is central to the film is quite unbelievable, and Robert Downey is truly annoying in his smirking portrayal of someone who seems to think he's superior to the rest of the world simply because of his affliction. The film depicts this encounter as being the source of Arbus's interest in "freaks," which is a truly banal explanation for the inspiration behind some of the greatest photographs of the 20th century. The mystery to me is why people of some talent and intelligence chose to be involved with this film in any way.

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