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'We Can't Go Home Again' (Nicholas Ray, 1976) & 'Don't Expect Too Much' (Susan Ray, 2011)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm, Melnitz Hall - James Bridges Theater

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'We Can't Go Home Again' (1976): A decade after quitting Hollywood, legendary director Nicholas Ray ("Rebel Without a Cause," "In a Lonely Place," "Johnny Guitar') accepted a teaching position at Harpur College in Binghamton, New York. There, with the intensive collaboration of his students, he began work on a project unlike anything he had done before, the making of which would consume his creative energies for the remainder of his life. Entitled 'We Can't Go Home Again,' that film is Ray’s enormously ambitious, profoundly personal, wildly experimental magnum opus – a collection of notes on Vietnam-era America, the generation gap, and the filmmaking process itself, conceived in a dizzying kaleidoscope of split screens, superimpositions and other radical image manipulations that anticipate later trends in video art and digital effects. After rushing to complete the film for its premiere at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, Ray continued to re-work WE CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN until his death from lung cancer in 1979. On the occasion of Ray’s centenary, we are proud to present the most complete version of this one-of-a-kind film in a stunning digital restoration undertaken by Ray’s widow, Susan Ray, President of The Nicholas Ray Foundation, in close collaboration with the EYE Film Institute Netherlands and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Film Archive.

'Don't Expect Too Much' (2011): In this feature-length companion piece to 'We Can't Go Home Again,' Ray’s widow, Susan, examines her late husband’s stormy romance with Hollywood, his self-imposed exile in Europe, and his eventual return to America, where he began work on the wildly experimental magnum opus that would become his final cinematic testament.

Incorporating never-before-seen archival picture and sound from the Nicholas Ray Archive, and new interviews with directors Victor Erice and Jim Jarmusch and many of the original cast and crew of 'We Can't Go Home Again,' 'Don't Expect Too Much' offers a revealing portrait of a great director’s life, work and lasting influence. Following the program, there will be a Q&A.

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