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.
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
Fur: A movie that has nothing to do with the life of Diane Arbus
Let me start off by saying, I love any and all kinds of movie, I can go into any theatre with an open mind.
That said, what were they thinking? I asked myself this question many, many times. The movie begins in an interesting enough way, with Arbus visiting a nudist colony that she would photograph. The film then jumps back three years to before she was a photographer, and she was nothing more than a half-alive house wife in Manhattan.
Now the fun begins. A mysterious masked man moves into the top floor of the Arbus family apartment building, and Diane is immediately fascinated by him. Who is this strange visitor? None other then Chewbacca! straight from Star Wars Episode III for your viewing pleasure. He seems to have learned English pretty well for the movie.
Actually, it's just a man named Lionel with a disease that makes him grow hair all over his body. He and Arbus become fast friends, being drawn to one another's unconventionality. We are led to believe that Lionel is the one who introduces Arbus to the world that would one day become the subject of her photography.
My question is; didn't Arbus have a fascinating enough life that there was no need to make up this ridiculousness? When I saw the "imaginary" part of "Fur: An Imaginary portrait of Diane Arbus" I thought, well they probably filled in a couple of blanks in her life to make the movie flow better. Don't make my mistake, the story is completely ridiculous and just plain scary at parts. I can only imagine that somewhere, Diane Arbus, like myself and many others, is going "what where they thinking?"
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