Friday, August 14, 2009
Fur? An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus?
I had never heard of this movie, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr in 2006. It's apparently about Diane Arbus, a photographer who (in the film) is obsessed with her neighbor who has "Wolf Man Disease" or Congenital Generalized Hypertrichosis. together, they go visit his world of "Freaks", nudists, armless, midgets and so on. (I know they're called Little People, but you get the point). She becomes facinated and then begins a career of photographing these types of people.
When I first saw the movie a few months ago as I was flipping thru movie channels, I was confused. Why on earth did these two actors accept these parts? It obviously didn't do well in theatres, and it's kind of really kooky. But then I watched it again the other night, and I think I might love it. The set design and wardrobe are IMPECCABLE. Everything you see is soooo rich and circusy and vintage and beautiful.
I looked for some more stills from the movie, but couldn't find many - and even fewer that captured the unbelievable set. So aside from the look, it's just the weirdest movie, about this woman. I'm super intrigued and bought a book of her photographs "Untitled" online yesterday.
I'm astonished that I haven't heard a word about this from anyone! Has anyone seen it out there? I really haven't made up my mind if I love the movie or not, but something has piqued my interest, and I think it was the design. At one point, (and I looked for a good picture of it) Robert Downey Jr takes Nicole Kidman out to see some friends and he puts on this ... bag/mask that he's sewn out of cotton, and it's the creepiest, most awesome mask ever!! My husband asked me to sew him something similar, I think I might actually do it - maybe for Christmas!
Nicole Kidman's dresses are to die for - and I don't even wear dresses.
And so, these are some of her photos, they make me so jealous - especially the woman in the wheel chair with the mask!! She taught photography at Parsons School Of Design in New York along with a few other schools, then slashed her wrists and took some pills while suffering from depression in the 1970s. You guys have probably way heard of her before, but she's brand new to me.