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In this feature-length companion piece to Nicholas Ray’s 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. North American premiere. –NYFF
Susan Ray is a writer, director, and founder/director of The Nicholas Ray Foundation. Born in 1951 in New Haven, Connecticut, she attended the University of Chicago, where she met Nicholas Ray, who then was making a film about the Chicago 7 Conspiracy Trial. She joined the film’s crew and continued to work with Ray after their marriage on WE CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN, CITY BLUES, NEW YORK AFTER MIDNIGHT, and LIGHTNING OVER WATER, among the projects of his final years. Since his passing in 1979, she has made repeated efforts to restore WE CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN. Finally, in 2011, the 100th anniversary of Nicholas Ray’s birth, the restoration of his groundbreaking last film was completed. Along with her supporting documentary, DON’T EXPECT TOO MUCH, she brought the restored WE CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN to premiere at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. She edited and introduced the book, I WAS INTERRUPTED: NICHOLAS RAY ON MAKING MOVIES.
"We use the instrumental to make the music; we do not use the music to show of the instrument."
Two Nicholas Ray films are now playing to support Susan Ray’s Kickstarter create a third. Read an interview with Susan and donate support!
A brief roundup, a supplement to two others.
The restoration of Ray’s experimental collaboration has premiered in Venice; meantime, a Nicholas Ray is off and running through Thursday.