Fur

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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 women`s magazines. One night, after spying her mysterious next door neighbor--a sharply dressed man with a hood over his face--Arbus decides to heed her husband`s advice to step out and take some photos of her own. She climbs the stairs to her neighbor`s 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. Arbus`s marriage soon begins to fall apart, and her relationship with Lionel builds towards a traumatic, but transformative, end. In an unusual twist, screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson has completely fabricated the character of Lionel, and his ensuing effect on Arbus. He is Wilson`s fantastical idea of what might have spurred Arbus`s metamorphosis from repressed housewife to daring documentarian of those living on the fringe. As the title states, this isn`t a biopic--it`s an "imaginary portrait," and while some might take exception to FUR`s surreal spin on reality, others might find the unconventional film a fitting tribute to the always unconventional arti

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Dimensions 1.0x1.0x1.0
UPC 794043106781
Studio New Line/Warner
Format DVD
Genre Drama
Rating Restricted
Dimensions 5.25" x 0.5" x 7.5" WxHxD
Weight 0.2 lbs
Stars Ty Burrell, Jane Alexander, Boris McGiver, Nicole Kidman, Harris Yulin, Robert Downey, Christina Rouner, Emily Bergl
Directors Steven Shainberg

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