|Directed by||Steven Shainberg|
|Produced by||Laura Bickford
|Written by||Erin Cressida Wilson (screenplay)
Patricia Bosworth (book)
Robert Downey, Jr.
|Music by||Carter Burwell|
|Editing by||Kristina Boden
|Studio||River Road Entertainment|
|Release date(s)||November 10, 2006|
|Running time||122 minutes|
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (also known simply as Fur) is a 2006 film starring Nicole Kidman as iconic American photographer Diane Arbus, who was known for her strange, disturbing images.
The cinematic Arbus (Nicole Kidman) is torn between a bizarre relationship with a neighbor suffering from hypertrichosis, Lionel Sweeney (Robert Downey Jr.), and a conventional life with her husband Allan (Ty Burrell), a photographer. An incident with a clogged drain leads her to a relationship with Lionel and entry into a netherworld populated by transvestites, dwarves and others living on the fringes of society.
For the film, director Steven Shainberg, best known for his kinky indie Secretary, reunited with its screenwriter, Erin Cressida Wilson, who used Patricia Bosworth's book Diane Arbus: A Biography as a source. As its name implies, the film is a fictional account rather than an accurate biography.
The Los Angeles Times criticized the "cop-out ending that undercuts its message about the unimportance of surface differences in favor of a glib finalities to have its cake and eat it too." Although the newspaper continued to heap praise on Kidman and Downey Jr; "the remarkable acting of its two stars pulls you back in and keeps you watching. Kidman, the most consistently daring of today's top stars, is exceptionally convincing as someone whose interior process plays out in front of us. And Downey, for the most part using only his soulful, yearning eyes and a silky, urbane voice, creates a man no one could resist. Separately and together, they make us believe the unbelievable."
- an imaginary portrait Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus Metacritic. Retrieved on 17 December 2009
- Movie review: 'Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus' Chicago Tribune. 16 November 2006
- http://www.calendarlive.com/movies/cl-et-fur10nov10,0,6171575.story MOVIE REVIEW 'Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus'] LA Times. 10 November 2006