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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:
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 ...
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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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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 »


When Diana comes into the room bearing a cup of tea, she has no wig in her hand, but when she leaves, she carries a blond wig, although there has not been a scene where she gets it. See more »


Diane Arbus: Why isn't she your girlfriend?
Lionel Sweeney: She doesn't touch me.
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Visually stunning
12 November 2006 | by (Florence, Italy) – 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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