Missteps weaken study of Arbus

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December 29, 2006|By Kenneth Turan | Kenneth Turan,Los Angeles Times

Creativity is one of life's true mysteries, but that hasn't stopped people from attempting to analyze and trivialize the source of the artistic impulse. Yet the mystery always triumphs, as it does in the simplistic but strangely poetic Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus.

Fur stars Nicole Kidman as Arbus, one of the 20th century's signature American photographers. "Her startling portraits of dwarfs, transvestites, freaks and nudists," wrote biographer Patricia Bosworth, "redefined people's notions of normal and abnormal."

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (Picturehouse) Starring Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jr. Directed by Steven Shainberg. Rated R. Time 122 minutes.

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