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This 2006 film is a fictional biopic based around the life of famous photographer Diane Arbus. In the movie she is depicted as a lonely housewife. She meets the enigmatic Lionel Sweeney, goes down the path of infidelity, and discovers a world unlike anything she had seen before. It stars Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr..


This film provides examples of:

  • Artistic License: The title basically spells this out.
  • Advertisement:
  • Beast and Beauty
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Subverted.
  • Fashion Show: One that Diane's parents set up and Diane is the photographer.
  • Love at First Sight: Diane and Lionel noticed each other when Lionel was moving in. Lionel was in a face mask but Diane was still intrigued by him.
  • Pretty in Mink: One of the first scenes of the film is a fur fashion show, with Diane wearing fur skins, and even her daughter wears a little mink coat.

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