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Monday, January 01, 2007

Fur - an imaginary portrait of Diane Arbus /* you think I'm strange you think i'm not normal */ - Oscar contender for Kidman

The imaginary biography of Diane Arbus who lived from 1923 to 1971 conveys the world of a stultified housewife suborned to her photographer husband who runs Arbus studios out of his apartment in New York City. The key year here is 1958.

While trying to raise three children, she also is his adept photographer's assistant and serves as a beautiful front for clients. He has his own career, having done fashions portraits and covers for magazines such as Vogue which adorn the walls.

However, there is something odd and offputting about Diane, something that she recognizes in herself. She is also at odds with her rich parents to whose standards she can never meet. Her father runs a fur business - and the apartment is turned into a fashion show for the furs one night. It is on the occasion of this night that she sees the new neighbour moving in, whose face is covered in a woolen mask. He is a mystery - and the magic of the movie is how they connect through the eyes.

Without giving this movie away, the entire premise of Fur is based upon seeing the awakened world through new eyes, observations and secrets.

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