We Can't Go Home Again
Dir. Nicholas Ray & Susan Ray
In Theaters 11/13/12 On DVD 11/13/12 On Blu Ray 11/13/12
The most complete, newly restored version of Nicholas Ray’s experimental masterpiece, made with his students at the State University of New York at Binghamton, WE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN embodies Ray’s approach to filmmaking as a communal way of life. The film records Ray’s groundbreaking use of multiple image as a way of telling more than one story simultaneously, and of colorization as a way to heighten emotional expression. He called it a “journalistic” film, one that shares the anthropologists’ aim of recording the “history, progress, manners, morals, and mores of everyday life,” at a critical moment in American history. Ray plays himself in the film, serving as mentor, friend, and reference point around whom the students’ stories constellate.
Nicholas Ray & Susan Ray
About Nicholas Ray
Nicholas Ray was born in the heartland of America, in Galesville, Wisconsin, on August 7, 1911. He lived a bold and adventurous life, always searching for a deeper understanding of himself and his world. His career touched every aspect of American cultural life and included his direction of such film classics as Party Girl, In A Lonely Place, Lusty Men, Bigger Than Life, Bitter Victory, and, of course, Rebel Without A Cause. When the Hollywood system became too restrictive, Ray exiled himself to Europe, where he lived for 10 years, returning to the States in 1969. He worked on We Can’t Go Home Again between 1971 and 1976, acted in films of Wenders and Foreman, and in 1977, having come to grips with his alcohol addiction, he turned to teaching, which he has been quoted as saying was the most fulfilling work of his life.
WE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN Cast
Leslie Wynne Levinson
Nicholas Ray with Susan Ray
Helene Kaplan Wright
- WE CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN (1973) – newly restored from original elements
- DON’T EXPECT TOO MUCH (2011) – Feature-length documentary by Susan Ray
- Extended interviews with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and Ray Biographer Bernard Eisenschitz.
- Camera Three - Profile of Nicholas Ray (CBS) (1977)
- Rushes from Ray's MARCO (1977)
- About Marco – Interviews with Claudio Mazzatenta and Gerry Bamman
- The Janitor – Nicholas Ray's Segment from the feature WET DREAMS (1974)
With a twenty-four page booklet featuring photos, original material by Nicholas Ray, and Essays by Susan Ray, Serge Daney, and film scholar Bill Krohn.
Catalog Number: OSC-039
Not Rated by the MPAA