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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus ★★ 2006 (R)

Imaginary indeed as tall, pale Kidman looks nothing like the small, dark Arbus, not to mention that Downey's character Lionel Sweeney suffers from an extreme form of hirsuteness that covers him in hair so he's reduced to acting with eyes and voice. So here's this married 1950s New York housewife who helps out husband Allan (Burrell) with his commercial photography career suddenly transforming herself into a snapper of those marginalized by society. Apparently Diane is tired of being the good girl and wants to take a walk on the wild side and fulfill her own artistic desires. It's a well-intentioned but somehow unsatisfactory effort. 120m/C DVD . US Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jr., Ty Burrell, Harris Yulin, Jane Alexander; D: Steven Shainberg; W: Erin Cressida Wilson; C: Bill Pope; M: Carter Burwell.

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