Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

Synopsis: In 1958, in New York City, the upper class Diane Arbus is a frustrated and lonely woman with a conventional marriage with two daughters. Her husband is a photographer sponsored by the wealthy parents of Diane, and she works as his assistant. When Lionel Sweeney, a mysterious man with hypertrichosis (a.k.a. werewolf syndrome, a disease that causes excessive body hair), comes to live in the apartment in the upper floor, Diane feels a great attraction for him and is introduced to the world of freaks and marginalized people, falling in love with Lionel.
Director(s): Steven Shainberg
Production: Picturehouse
  2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min

Englewood. Englewood.

Anyone for Englewood.


Mrs. Arbus?

That's right.

I'm Jack Henry.

Welcome to Camp Venus.

It's terrific to be here.

- Come on in. - Thank you.

I don't wanna be any bother.

Oh, no, not at all. We're delighted to

have a photographer here.

It's simply...

I n order to get permission, you must

take them off.

No one ever mentioned that.

And there are two rules.

- Yes? - The first one is:

No erections.

And no staring.

I'm sorry.

Please, go ahead and disrobe, Ms.


- We're used to it. Aren't we, Jack?

- Hm.

To tell you the truth, I need a moment

to myself, if that's all right.

- I understand. - We'll leave you alone.


How pretty.

Belonged to a friend.

Okay, boys, let's move them in.

- Jimmy, get in the back. - Okay, boss.


Grandma and Grandpa are here.

Thank you, Gracie.

Welcome to the Allan Arbus Family Photo


...run by my son-in-law, Allan... My

talented son-in-law, Allan.

- And his number one assistant, my

daughter Diane.

This also happens to be their home.

So it's a real family business.

We hope you'll all become part of our


Look! Mommy, look!

- Macy's, Bergdorf's and all the other

great stores across town.

Hello, Diane.

There must be someone moving in



There was no way for me to know this

would happen tonight, Mother.

Diane, we're holding the show here this

year to help you and your family out.

I know. We're grateful.

Where did you get that dress?


...you gave it to me, Mother.

I gave it to you last year.

- I n the living room, please, Merta.

- Yes, Mrs. Arbus.

Easy, Jim.


There we go. Hang on.

Hang on, hang on. Set it down.

You got it?

- You okay? - All right.

Keep going, boys, all the way to the



- Not now. - Come on.

Here, let me help you with that, Rose.

Your father's already driving me nuts.

I know, Allan.

- He wanted to trim it with monkey. - A


I said no.

To all the greatest fur buyers in


My wife, Gertrude, and I welcome you to

my daughter's home.

Thank you all for coming.

She's really something.

Thank you all for taking the time to

join us this evening.

As you know, for the past 30 years...

...Russeks has been the biggest

buyer of pelts...

...and producers of fur garments in

the world.

And like us, you all don't want to let

only New York ladies...

...have the luxury of world-class

furs. - I need gloves. Like this?

- Now, do we? - Of course not.

- So without further ado... - Finally!

...ladies and gentlemen, observe the


Stealthy, luxurious, the colors of


Each individual coat truly a thing of


Lustrous, dark-hued, naturally


Crafted with the distinctive flair and

elegant styling...

...women of discriminating taste have

come to expect from Russeks furs.

And the leopard.

The spotted and graceful dancer of the


Notice the matching hat, purse, mirror

and cosmetic case.

This prestigious ensemble will be the


...of our fall advertising campaign,

to be photographed, of course...

...by the Allan Arbus Family Photo

Studio which later...

There really isn't an occasion when you

can't wear leopard.

Friends, prepare yourselves...

...for the unbearably soft appeal of


The silkiest and most sensual fur that

money can buy.

This one's jammed. Get me the

Hasselblad with the wide-angle.


- This delicate fur... - Excuse me.

- And certainly.

- All set, Charlie. - Got everything?

That's it.

Good luck to you.

Diane? You got it?

- What? - The Hasselblad.

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Erin Cressida Wilson

Erin Cressida Wilson is an American playwright, screenwriter, professor, and author. Wilson is known for the 2002 film Secretary, which she adapted from a Mary Gaitskill short story. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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