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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

Nicole plays Diane Arbus

Fur tells the story of Diane Arbus, the photographer whose images caught the attention of the world in the 1960's. The film is set in the 1950's, when Diane is playing the dutiful wife and mother to her successful photographer husband and two children. Looking for something more in her life, Diane encounters the new upstairs neighbour, Lionel, who suffers from a condition that causes him to be covered in fur. He and his fellow "freak" friends open Diane's eyes to a different side of life, and inspire her to further her own career as a photographer...

Released: Italy- 20th October 2006; UK- March 16th 2007; US- 10th November 2006; Argentina- 30th November 2006; Australia- 12th January 2007; Spain- 16th February 2007; Japan- 16th June 2007;
Directed by: Steven Shainberg
Written by: Erin Cressida Wilson (film sreenplay), Patricia Bosworth (book)
Co-stars: Robert Downey Jr (Lionel Sweeney), Ty Burrell (Allan Arbus), Emmy Clarke (Grace Arbus), Harris Yulin (David), Jane Alexander (Gertrude)
Genre: Drama, Biopic
Filming: May-July 2005, production completed in October 2005. Filmed in the Steiner Studios in New York City, and at various outside locations in NYC including 52nd and 54th street, and Fort Tilden beach.
Budget: $16.8m
Box Office: -
Runtime: mins / hr mins

Trailers: Trailer 1
Clips: currently none available
Official site:
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"It's very odd. But I'm interested in things that are unusual. I don't have to look like her [or] sound like her - I just have to hope that my spirit joins hers and they intertwine for a moment."
"It's a small, small portrait. In fact, it's called an imaginary portrait. What counts is the creativity of the artist, what's inside."
"My way of trying to play her was more trying to capture her inner self."

[1] 'jungewum' from [on the rough cut] - "Nicole's performance in FUR embodies Diane Arbus' character and vision... Nicole's portrayal of Diane Arbus is deep and emotional... " click to read full review
[2] - "Arbus is played by Nicole Kidman, who brings the same fantastic danger and foreboding that she portrayed so well in Lars von Trier’s ‘Dogville’ to the 1958 setting of her parents upper-crust fur salon on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue." click to read full review
[3] Variety - "Sporting dark brown hair, Kidman responds with quicksilver subtlety to the progressive stages of her character's journey. But since Diane is a largely reactive role, Downey ... is able to dominate the picture while speaking his lines with a calm, low-pitched self-confidence and with sparkling eyes that provide the focal points for a great many scenes." click to read full review
[4] Screen Daily - "Kidman, once again demonstrating her impulse to take on unusual projects and characters, splendidly and subtly embodies the seachange in Diane, while Downey Jr, in one of the most challenging roles of his career, is captivating as Lionel." click to read full review
[5] - "It's a delicate substructure of imagery and incident, punctuated by latent shots of Diane's Rolleiflex camera, which goes unused for most of the film. Arbus didn't actually begin using a Rolleiflex until later in her career (and indeed, it became intrinsic to her acclaimed style), but its prominence in the film further speaks to Shainberg's intentions. " click to read full review
[6] Cinematical - "Kidman and Downey, Jr. give spectacular performances; Kidman, in particular, captures the pent-up passion that drove Arbus; this may well be my favorite performance from her yet. The film is visually spectacular, overlapping worlds of fantasy and reality until we're never quite sure what's real and what's not. " click to read full review


[1] The title 'Fur' is in reference to Robert Downey Jr's character who is covered in fur.
[2] Samantha Morton was originally cast as Diane Arbus.
[3] Read more about Diane Arbus here.

... Nicole in another dramatic, heavy-weight role.

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Last Updated: March 22nd 2007

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