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Last WordsConsidering Contemporary Cinema$
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Jason Wood

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171977

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171977.001.0001

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Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs

(p.123) Ira Sachs
Last Words

Jason Wood

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents an interview with filmmaker Ira Sachs. His first feature, The Delta (1997), enjoyed international festival acclaim. Sachs participated in the Screenwriter's Lab at the Sundance Institute with Forty Shades of Blue (2005). Set in the world of Memphis music, it confronts many of the issues that have been central to Sachs' work, most specifically characters who exist both inside and outside of their own environment. The film is the story of Laura (Dina Korzun), a young Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older music legend (played by Rip Torn), and the personal awakening she experiences in the wake of her unfortunate affair with his estranged son. The interview covered topics such as whether the genesis for Forty Shades of Blue was Sach's relationship with his father; why he cast Dina Korzun as Laura; and his visual approach to the city of Memphis in the film.

Keywords:   Ira Sachs, Forty Shades of Blue, interviews, film directors, filmmakers, filmmaking

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