Posted on: September 8, 2006
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Inspired by Patricia Bosworth's book Diane Arbus: A Biography, Fur pays homage to a brilliant artistic talent who challenged accepted notions of beauty and ugliness, and forever changed photography through her radical techniques and subject matter.
Aptly, director Steven Shainberg and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson have conjured Fur not as a biopic, but as something different, unique and mysterious, intertwining real aspects of Arbus's life with invented characters and an imaginary narrative. It is a new way of cinematically approaching the portrayal of an historically important person, and captures the real dilemma of a 1958 housewife who is torn between love for her husband and children, and her profound need to create and explore.