Fur - An Imaginary Portrait Of Diane Arbus

Release Date: 23 July 2007 | Certificate: Suitable for 15 years and over
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Was Diane Arbus a brilliant innovator whose photographs captured the beauty in the most desperate of subjects Or was she an exploiter of freaks shilling pictures of the deformed as a modern-day sideshow Regardless of where one stands on her work few can argue its impact on the art world. In FUR AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS director Steven Shainberg makes a bold first attempt at bringing the artist to the big screen. The film opens with Arbus (Nicole Kidman) living as a depressed housewife in a ritzy Park Avenue apartment. Assisting her husband Allen (Ty Burrell) in his photography studio Arbus helps him shoot ads for womens magazines. One night after spying her mysterious next door neighbour--a sharply dressed man with a hood over his face--Arbus decides to heed her husbands advice to step out and take some photos of her own. She climbs the stairs to her neighbors apartment with the intention of taking his portrait and there she meets Lionel (Robert Downey Jr.). Lionel suffers from hypertrichosis a disease that causes thick hair to grow over every inch of his body including his face. He and Arbus strike up a flirtatious friendship and he introduces her to the underworld of New York. They party with dwarves dominatrixes and circus performers--all future subjects of Arbus photographs. Arbuss marriage soon begins to fall apart and her relationship with Lionel builds towards a traumatic but transformative end. br/ br/ In an unusual twist screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson has completely fabricated the character of Lionel and his ensuing effect on Arbus. He is Wilsons fantastical idea of what might have spurred Arbuss metamorphosis from repressed housewife to daring documentarian of those living on the fringe. As the title states this isnt a biopic--its an imaginary portrait and while some might take exception to FURs surreal spin on reality others might find the unconventional film a fitting tribute to the always unconventional

Deleted scenes, Documentary, Director's commentary, Trailer
Release Date: 23 July 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Directed by: Steven Shainberg

Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English
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Catalogue No: EDV9473