Plagues and Pleasures, Fur

  • Fur

I’ve derived much inspiration from both John Waters and the desert region outside of San Diego, so I was thrilled to discover Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea. Narrated by Waters, it offers an in-depth look into the Salton Sea and some nearby areas. I was delighted to see Salvation Mountain and its lovely caretaker, Leonard Knight, also featured. Eccentricity and tragedy are our words du jour.

  • Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (USA) 2007, Docurama
  • List price: $19.95

People may be turned off from Fur because of its subtitle: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus. They may think it only offers a fantastical and ridiculous stretching of the truth. But it’s a very sweet and intriguing look at a specific period of her life. Based in fact, openly interpreted, it’s inspiring and delightful. The filmmakers show a lot of respect for Arbus, and try to create a touching and magical story to creatively fill in biographical gaps for fans.

  • Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (USA) 2006, Newline
  • List price: $27.98

— Michael Mahaffey, Artist, etsy.com/people/MrMahaffey

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I thought Fur was a terrific movie. I found it fascinating from start to finish. The fact that Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. star, makes it even better.

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