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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Diane Arbus
Robert Downey Jr. ... Lionel Sweeney
Ty Burrell ... Allan Arbus
Harris Yulin ... David Nemerov
Jane Alexander ... Gertrude Nemerov
Emmy Clarke ... Grace Arbus
Genevieve McCarthy ... Sophie Arbus
Boris McGiver ... Jack Henry
Marceline Hugot ... Tippa Henry
Mary Duffy Mary Duffy ... Althea
Emily Bergl ... Allan's New Assistant
Lynn-Marie Stetson Lynn-Marie Stetson ... Fiona - Naked Girl (as Lynn Marie Stetson)
Gwendolyn Bucci ... Dominatrix
Christina Rouner ... Lois
Matt Servitto ... Handsome Client
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Fur See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

Robert Downey Jr. had a previous connection to the Arbus family. His father, filmmaker Robert Downey Sr., made Greaser's Palace (1972) starring Diane Arbus' ex-husband, Allan Arbus, with young Robert Jr. in a small part. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Diane Arbus: What is it?
Lionel Sweeney: Well, every month or so I'm able to breathe about five percent less. My lungs are disintegrating. It's getting harder and harder for me to breathe... deeply. In a matter of months, I'll drown without even swimming, because there'll be nothing left... of my lungs.
Diane Arbus: You're not dying.
Lionel Sweeney: Yes, I am.
Diane Arbus: No, you're not.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst of 2006 (2007) See more »

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I Want to Tell You
Written by Moody Rivers
Published by ZFC Music/OneMusic Library
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Visually stunning
12 November 2006 | by hdrobertsonSee 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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