We Can't Go Home Again
Restored and reconstructed from its 1973 Cannes version, legendary director Nicholas Ray's experimental masterpiece We Can't Go Home Again embodies the director's practice of filmmaking as a "communal way of life." Made with his college students in upstate New York, the film features Ray as mentor, friend, and reference point to his students and their stories of love, sex, rebellion, and lost innocence. With its expressionistic colorization, the film exemplifies Ray's groundbreaking approach to multiple-image in recording the "history, progress, manners, morals, and mores of everyday life" at a critical moment in 1970s America.
Don't Expect Too Much, a new feature-length documentary by Nicholas Ray's wife Susan, investigates the making of We Can't Go Home Again and the complex relationships within Ray's life and art. Drawing on his archive of never-before-seen film, video, and stills, as well as new interviews with directors Jim Jarmusch, Victor Erice, Ray's students, and others, Susan Ray provides a compelling and unparalleled exploration of the revered American auteur.