Forty Shades of Blue (2004), Ira Sachs.
Rip Torn in Forty Shades of Blue

Forty Shades of Blue

Directed by Ira Sachs
Written by Michael Rohatyn and Ira Sachs
107 min; 35mm; color; 2004

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Winner of Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2005
Berlin Film Festival Panorama 2005

Forty Shades of Blue tells the story of Laura, a young Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock 'n' roll legend, and the personal awakening she experiences in the wake of her unfortunate affair with his estranged son.

Starring veteran actor Rip Torn as Alan, Darren Burrows as his son, Michael, and Dina Korzun as Laura, the woman caught between them, Forty Shades of Blue was shot on location in Memphis, Tennessee - Sachs's hometown and location of his first feature, The Delta.

Rip Torn's magnetic performance in the film is a return to the kind of lead roles he was known for in the 70s in films like Payday, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and the seminal Coming Apart. Dina Korzun takes her first role in an American film, a stunning follow up to her award-winning performance in Pawel Pawlikowski's Last Resort.

The producers of Forty Shades of Blue are Margot Bridger (The Delta, Jesus' Son, Sidewalks of New York), Jawal Nga (The Clearing), Mary Bing, Donald Rosenfeld, and Sachs. The film was developed and produced in association with Mirage Enterprises. Executive Producers are designer Diane Von Furstenberg (whose clothes are worn by Korzun throughout the film) and Geoff Stier (Up at the Villa, Polish Wedding).


Atmospheric and haunting…Forty Shades of Blue is a movie that seeps under your skin. It demands patience and it rewards it amply.
- David Ansen, Newsweek

Wordlessly eloquent about the patterns of estrangement and entrapment that infect family ties...with a rapt, heightened naturalism that owes a sizeable debt to Cassavetes...
-Dennis Lim, Village Voice

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