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Kidman Goes Weird Playing Arbus

arbus_jewish_giant2I had a chance to see the movie “Fur” about Diane (that’s Deeann) Arbus last night. While it was a little slow, it was suductive.

For those of you who don’t know who Diane Arbus was, take a look at the “Jewish Giant at Home with His Parents in the Bronx, NY, 1970.” Arbus is the girl wonder of candid photography, as this picture shows.

Some people would say Arbus photographed freaks. That’s where the movie “Fur, An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus” comes in, which was made in 2006. The freaks come alive in the movie as much of a part of humanity as say you or I, that is when they are among their own.

Robert Downey Jr. plays a man enveloped in fur, a guy with a severe case of hypertrichosis, and Nicole Kidman plays the woman who ends up lusting after him. Both hold their own in this fantasy creation of Arbus’ life. While the movie is imaganary, you get a peek into the era in which Arbus worked as the set and costume design brought the mid-20th century to life. As for the romance, the disturbing scene where Kidman shaves Downey’s body is a bit overdone. After all is said and done, Kidman is beautiful in the movie, almost as beautiful as Downey is after his body is shaved.

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