Fur (film)

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Directed by Steven Shainberg
Produced by Laura Bickford
Patricia Bosworth
Andrew Fierberg
William Pohlad
Bonnie Timmermann
Written by Erin Cressida Wilson (screenplay)
Patricia Bosworth (book)
Starring Nicole Kidman
Robert Downey, Jr.
Ty Burrell
Harris Yulin
Jane Alexander
Music by Carter Burwell
Cinematography Bill Pope
Edited by Kristina Boden
Keiko Deguchi
River Road Entertainment
Distributed by Picturehouse
Release dates
  • November 10, 2006 (2006-11-10)
Running time
122 minutes
Language English

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.

Plot synopsis[edit]

The cinematic Arbus (Nicole Kidman) is torn between a bizarre relationship with a neighbor who has hypertrichosis, Lionel Sweeney (Robert Downey Jr.), and a conventional life with her husband Allan Arbus (Ty Burrell). 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, subtle indie film 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 film holds a 50 score on Metacritic.[1]

The Chicago Tribune gave the film 3 out of 4 stars: "The result is a revelatory, challenging and deeply affecting portrait, anchored by what may be Kidman's most profoundly moving performance."[2]

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."[3]


The soundtrack to Fur was released on November 14, 2006.

No. Title Artist Length
1. "The Fur"   Carter Burwell 3:11
2. "Tango de la Bête"   Carter Burwell 1:23
3. "Scary Times"   Carter Burwell 1:38
4. "Arbus Family Photo Studio"   Carter Burwell 1:53
5. "My Arms Around Myself"   Carter Burwell 1:54
6. "Exposure"   Carter Burwell 0:57
7. "Seduction"   Carter Burwell 1:09
8. "Pipes"   Carter Burwell 1:36
9. "Ad Ultima Thule"   Carter Burwell 3:30
10. "Call of the Wild"   Carter Burwell 1:06
11. "The Tea Party"   Carter Burwell 2:08
12. "Following"   Carter Burwell 1:58
13. "The Run Back Home"   Carter Burwell 1:16
14. "Water Dream"   Carter Burwell 3:13
15. "Stepping Out"   Carter Burwell 1:04
16. "A Dead Person"   Carter Burwell 1:19
17. "Trap Door Party"   Carter Burwell 1:13
18. "Drowning"   Carter Burwell 1:36
19. "End It"   Carter Burwell 1:22
20. "Transmission"   Carter Burwell 2:28
21. "The Shave"   Carter Burwell 5:22
22. "Into The Sea"   Carter Burwell 5:03
23. "I Want to Meet Your Husband"   Carter Burwell 0:53
Total length:


  1. ^ Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus Metacritic. Retrieved on 17 December 2009
  2. ^ Movie review: 'Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus' Chicago Tribune. 16 November 2006
  3. ^ MOVIE REVIEW 'Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus' Los Angeles Times. 10 November 2006
  4. ^ Fur Soundtrack AllMusic. Retrieved February 26, 2014

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