Forty Shades of Blue

Forty Shades of Blue is a 2005 independent film directed by Ira Sachs. It tells the story of Alan James (Rip Torn), an aging music producer who lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his much younger Russian girlfriend, Laura (Dina Korzun). Their life together is complicated by the presence of Alan's adult son Michael (Darren E. Burrows) from a previous marriage, who forces Laura to reflect on the nature of her impending marriage and her future prospects. The film was inspired by Satyajit Ray's Charulata (1964).

Forty Shades of Blue
Directed byIra Sachs
Written byIra Sachs
Michael Rohatyn
StarringRip Torn
Dina Korzun
Darren E. Burrows
D'Army Bailey
J. Blackfoot
Jerry Chipman
Stuart Greer
Distributed byFirst Look Studios
Release date
  • January 2005 (2005-01) (Sundance)
  • September 28, 2005 (2005-09-28) (U.S.)
  • June 30, 2006 (2006-06-30) (UK)
Running time
108 minutes
Box office$172,569[1]


Forty Shades of Blue was placed at 92 on Slant Magazine's best films of the 2000s.[2] The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.


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  2. ^ "Best of the Aughts: Film". Slant Magazine. Retrieved February 10, 2010.

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Sundance Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Dramatic
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