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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grace Arbus
Sophie Arbus
Jack Henry
Tippa Henry
Mary Duffy ...
Allan's New Assistant
Lynn-Marie Stetson ...
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steven Shainberg didn't make another feature film until ten years after he completed this film. See more »


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


Man: What do you photograph?
Diane Arbus: Me? Oh no, I'm not the photographer. My husband is.
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Another Walk in the Park
Written by Paul Lenart & Billy Novick (as Bill Novick)
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Visually stunning
12 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I found this to be an incredibly interesting film with fine performances all round, and beautiful cinematography, art direction and a lovely score amongst other things. Kidman is very convincing though she does seem to be 'acting for an Oscar' at many points through out the film. When I saw the film I did not know very much about the photographer Diane Arbus, those disappointed that the film is not more of a biopic shouldn't be because the film creates such an intriguing portrait of the photographer that I for one was compelled to learn more about the artist. This is definitely a film to see in the cinema rather than one to watch on DVD.

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