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October 24 at 6:30 pm

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

Directed by Steven Shainberg, Appearing in Person
US 2006, 35mm, color, 122 min.
With Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jr., Ty Burrell

Following his breakthrough feature, Secretary, director Steven Shainberg creates a ravishing imaginary portrait of the visionary artist Diane Arbus in his new film Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus.  Much as an actual Arbus photo transports us into strange and unfamiliar worlds, Fur travels through the looking glass to explore the transformation of a shy housewife into a powerfully original artist.  Oscar winner Nicole Kidman stars as “Diane Arbus,” a devoted wife and mother whose innate talents and dark obsessions are profoundly at odds with the conventional life she leads in 1958 New York.  Oscar-nominee Robert Downey Jr. co-stars as Lionel, an enigmatic new neighbor who launches Diane on her journey to becoming the artist she is mean to be.

Harvard Film Archive • Carpenter Center • 24 Quincy Street • Cambridge MA 02138 • 617-495-4700