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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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Steven Shainberg
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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 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 ... 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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Official Sites:

Filmnegah.com (Persian)

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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Steven Shainberg's uncle, Lawrence, was a close friend of Diane Arbus. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, during the fur coat fashion show, Diane goes out onto the porch to expose herself. When she first walks out, the top two buttons of her dress are unbuttoned. The scene cuts to a close-up of Diane and the top two buttons are now buttoned. See more »

Quotes

Lionel Sweeney: [holding an inflatable raft] I blew this up for you.
Diane Arbus: Why did you want me to shave you? Hmm? Why?
Lionel Sweeney: So I could swim out further.
Diane Arbus: Swim out?
Lionel Sweeney: Yes.
Diane Arbus: What are you saying?
Lionel Sweeney: [he struggles for words] That I want you with me.
Diane Arbus: What?
Lionel Sweeney: Diane.
Diane Arbus: What are you talking about? You want me to watch you die?
[...]
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Soundtracks

Trio D. 581, No. 1 in B Flat Major (Minuetto Allegretto)
Written by Franz Schubert
Arranged by Todd Kasow
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Whets the appetite for a film about the real Diane Arbus
16 March 2008 | by Michael-238See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film, but it made me wish someone would do a historically accurate film about Diane Arbus to go with this self-admitted fantasy.

I felt a strong relationship with this film and Fellini's Juliet of the Spirits - something I haven't noticed any critics remarking upon, so maybe it's a weaker correlation than I believe. In both cases a shy, repressed woman releases her wild inner self by an encounter with a colorful, bizarre, and maybe imaginary neighbor.

The film's striking visual style is complimented enormously by a standout score from Carter Burwell. Here he gets to take a much more active role than the usual minimalism he employs in the Coen brothers films for which he is famous.


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