Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

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Critic Consensus: This portrait of a groundbreaking photographer lacks the daring of its subject.


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Photographer Diane Arbus was considered one of the most mysterious, enigmatic and frighteningly bold artists of the 20th century. Most known for her obsession with "freak" subject matter, her haunting work emerged from a deeply private place. Arbus' death was as mysteriously tragic as was the aura surrounding some of her most piercing portraits.

Rating: R (for graphic nudity, some sexuality and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Erin Cressida Wilson
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 8, 2007
Box Office: $0.1M
Runtime:
Picturehouse - Official Site

Cast


as Diane Arbus

as Lionel Sweeney

as Allan Arbus

as David Nemerov

as Gertrude Nemerov

as Grace Arbus

as Sophie Arbus

as Jack Henry

as Tippa Henry

as Althea

as Fiona (naked girl)

as Singing Little Perso...

as Dominatrix

as Handsome Client

as Another Client

as Fox Model

as Fashion Model

as Carnival Talker

as Rose the Maid

as Man with Dominatrix

as Transvestite

as Singing Little Perso...

as Elevator Man

as Siamese Twin

as Siamese Twin
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Critic Reviews for Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (44)

Stilted, stylized and art-directed within an inch of its life, Shainberg's movie (which was written by his Secretary collaborator, Erin Cressida Wilson) manages to be both oppressively literal and fatefully fuzzy at the same time.

Full Review… | December 29, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Don't be fooled for a second by that subtitle. Fur bills itself as An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, but this thing's got all the imagination of a career bureaucrat slumped in his cubicle awaiting a pension.

Full Review… | December 29, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Shainberg neither sugarcoats [Diane Arbus's] distance from her girls nor judges it. The filmmakers understand Arbus's story within the context of her time and upbringing.

Full Review… | December 1, 2006
Denver Post
Top Critic

The world created by Shainberg never seems strange or real enough to convince us that we're getting the goods on anything. Put another way, this imaginary portrait might have done better had it stuck closer to reality.

December 1, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

[Arbus's] most famous images still have the power to shock, hanging as they do on the walls of the world's museums. Fur, the movie about her, reaches for that same jolt and settles instead for a raised eyebrow.

Full Review… | December 1, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Director Steven Shainberg's follow-up to his groundbreaking film "Secretary" (2002) is an anti-biopic that dares to read between the lines of its subject's artistic vision rather than replay the common knowledge events of photographer Diane Arbus' life.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

Audience Reviews for Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

½

Diane Arbus (Nicole Kidman) is an artistically repressed housewife whose creativity is awakened when a circus freak (Robert Downey Jr.) moves upstairs. An interesting imaginary premise, but the movie gets trapped in unconvincing and disappointingly conventional romance, ending with a superficial, uninspiring message (sometimes abandoning your children is just the price you pay for great photography).

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Greg S

Super Reviewer

"Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus" could easily be a modern "Beauty and the Beast" directed by Tim Burton. I have to say that the beast is not that bad; he actually looks like a cute dog, maybe a Cocker Spaniel. But the fact is that, in this case, David Lynch could fit better with the Arbus's work. Don't get me wrong, the movie is directed by Steven Shainberg, the same director of "Secretary". Not having seen Secretary yet, my interest was totally in Diane Arbus.


Even knowing it was "an imaginary portrait", I expected something more biographical and maybe more faithful to the image I have of Arbus. Her photos can lead us to such a portrait, but knowing a bit about her we know she was not "one of us"*, but was more to a nice intruder. (Susan Sontag talks about it in "On Photograph"). Also, Nicole Kidman's Diane, and this is not her fault, could be both a model of Allan's ads or Arbus's strange photos, not mentioning that she seems a contemporay version of her previous Viginia Woolf. The film is not bad but it ends up resuming Diane Arbus into a fetishist herself and tries to explain her work by her supposed inner freak. But don't take me that seriously. "Fur" can be a good watch, specially if you like fantasy genre.


*Freaks, directed by Tod Browning.


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Rubia Carolina

Super Reviewer

½

"You see someone on the street, and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw." -Diane Arbus

A provocative tribute to misunderstood genius, Fur is one part biography and two parts fairy tale. Ominous yet oddly endearing.

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Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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