April 19, 2010

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait Of Diane Arbus (Steven Shainberg, 2006)

WHAT IT IS: Diane Arbus, homemaker and future celebrated photographer, discovers her passion for photography through her association with human freaks.

HOW IT IS: Where director Steven Shainberg 's last effort, Secretary, was about sado-masochism and repressed desire, Fur is a further exploration of sexually 'deviant' behavior and longing. Like Secretary, its strong points are in the settings of erotic scenes, but unlike its predecessor, the story here seems to drag on for way too long, and some of its parts are uneven. It owes a lot to Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932) for its depiction of human freaks insofar that it portrays them as more than just novelty acts or unnatural creatures and infuses them with human warmth and compassion. From that perspective, Fur is an interesting work but ultimately flawed.

IF YOU LIKED: Freaks, Secretary.

INFO: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0422295/