Don't Expect Too Much film
Dir. Susan Ray
Did Nick Ray leave Hollywood, or did Hollywood leave him? What was he up to when he returned to the States after a decade in Europe? What was his intention with WE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN, that experimental film he made with a bunch of college students? What was he doing with so many images on the screen all at once? How did he do it? Why was the film never finished? Did he lose his way, his talent, his sanity, his common sense? DON'T EXPECT TOO MUCH, a full-length documentary helmed by Ray’s wife Susan, investigates these questions and the relationship forged by Ray between his life and his art. Drawing on the director’s archive of never-before-seen film, video, and stills, Susan finds answers to our questions about Nick Ray in Nick Ray’s own words and images. And we learn from interviews with members of the original crew of WE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN, directors Jim Jarmusch and Victor Erice, and others, how this man lived, saw, learned, and taught, how he fought and danced with his demons, how he loved.
About Susan Ray
Susan Ray was born on November 15, 1951, in New Haven, Connecticut. She attended the University of Chicago, and it was in Chicago, at the Conspiracy Trial, that she first met Nicholas Ray. Soon she was working full-time for the director, and soon after that they were living together in New York. There Susan worked as a book editor while also giving her efforts to whatever project Ray had underway. The couple collaborated on the concept and first pages for We Can’t Go Home Again. She has edited and introduced with her memoir the book I Was Interrupted: Nicholas Ray On Making Movies, and over the years has published several short pieces about Ray. She has practiced Rinzai Zen for 30 years, ordained in the lineage of Kyozan Joshu, Roshi, and studied with a number of indigenous healers. She is a writer by trade, with a semi-fictional novel in final revisions. Don’t Expect Too Much is her first film, and she hopes not her last.
DON'T EXPECT TOO MUCH Cast
As themselves Gerry Bamman Bernard Eisenschitz Victor Erice Jim Jarmusch Myron Meisel Original Crew from WE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN and Nicholas Ray
DON'T EXPECT TOO MUCH Crew
Directed by Susan Ray Produced by The Nicholas Ray Foundation Susan Ray Edited by Tom Haneke Narrated by Susan Ray Photography by Peter McCandless Music by Tim Ray Norman Zamcheck Markus de Pretto