Fur — An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

(USA, 2006, 122 minutes)

In 1958 New York, stifled by her position as assistant and trophy wife to her commercial photographer husband, Diane Arbus meets the mysterious new upstairs neighbour who will awake her talent as a photographer. Intriguing but ultimately unsuccessful fantasia on the life and influences of a celebrated art photographer; it’s a good effort that gets bogged down in look-at-me handling and some banal scripting.

Picturehouse and River Road Entertainment present an Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation/Bonnie Timmerman/Iron Films/Vox3 production. Starring Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jr., Ty Burrell, Harris Yulin; and Jane Alexander. Directed by Steven Shainberg; produced by William Pohlad, Laura Bickford, Bonnie Timmerman, Andrew Fierberg; screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson, inspired by the book Diane Arbus: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth; music by Carter Burwell; director of photography (DeLuxe prints), Bill Pope; production designer, Amy Danger; costume designer, Mark Bridges; film editors, Keiko Deguchi and Kristina Boden; special make-up effects supervisor, Shane Mahan.


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