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Early scenes establishing Arbus's distaste for society parties, such as the fur fashion show her parents host, her boredom during her husband's dull, ridiculous commercial photo shoots, and her initial fascination with Lionel and his bizarre friends are strange and funny, successfully separating Arbus from the 'average' people surrounding her. But as Lionel and Arbus fall in love, pretentious whispering replaces their regular conversations, and overacting spoils Lionel's death scene, in which they both float dramatically through the ocean, followed by Arbus crying in the surf like a weenie. Arbus desperately huffing air from a life raft Lionel inflated before he died is completely cheesy. The tortured artist myth has, once again, been pushed too far.
For a film that has such fine costuming, production design, and cinematography, it's a shame that Fur succumbs to that Hollywood convention of reducing the entire plot to a tragic love story. For a project with so much potential, and with so many Arbus fans eagerly awaiting this tribute to the great photographer, it's unfortunate that Fur falls flat, due mostly to injected sentimental melodrama in scenes where it has no place. If Arbus sought to expel saccharine emotionality from portrait photography, then it's odd that a biopic dedicated to her memory would be so unabashedly corny. --Trinie Dalton
Purchased along with the book which pretty much informed the film - recommend buying the two together. DVD used but in 'as new' conditionPublished 4 months ago by Richard Charming
Fur - An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus is a fantastic film that gives exactly what the title claims. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mary-Alex
entertaining if factually inaccurate
some key aspects of Arbus's life are true to life and others freely created to offer an explanation of her facination with darker hidden... Read more
If you don't mind going off the beaten track, you then sure should watch this movie. The two actors -Nicole Kidman & Robert Downey Jr- are magnificient and clearly committed. Read morePublished on 4 Jun 2010 by delaunay
I was so looking forward to this film, but disappointed that it was never on general release at the cinema. Read morePublished on 27 May 2008 by Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke
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Or a work of art.
This movie is a work of art.
Thank you for the wondefull experience
Nicole,Robert,Ty,Steven,Erin,Patricia,Carter for the... Read more