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We Can't Go Home Again (1973)

TV-MA | | Drama | 2 October 2011 (USA)
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The most complete, newly restored version of Nicholas Ray's experimental masterpiece embodies the director's practice of film-making as a "communal way of life." Ray plays himself in the film, serving as mentor, friend, and artistic inspiration to his students. Written by Anonymous

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Ray's Final is a Strange One
8 February 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

We Can't Go Home Again (1976)

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This semi-documentary turned out to be one of the last films from director Nicholas Ray, best known for REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE but that masterpiece was a long time ago and it's clear the man wasn't in the best of times. Ray, apparently needing money, decided to start teaching film at SUNY Binghamton and this film was basically his project for the students as they would film him and he would film them. This is one of the experimental films that really isn't about anything as we just get all sorts of scenes thrown together and probably for no good reason other than to be different or surreal. I will say that Ray manages to make the film surreal because it never makes any real sense. I'm sure those who are against all surreal moves might say that none of them make sense and their only real purpose is to make as little sense as possible. What we get to see is a group of very small vignettes by members of the cast who act out a series of events. There's a minor love story between a couple of them but it's hard to make out any real connection as everything is broken up so much. The one thing the film isn't afraid of is nudity because there's quite a bit of it. I'm guessing these film students agreed to go the extra mile because of Ray's filmmography but I'm curious how many of them regret it and especially after seeing the final film. There's even a strange sequence where one of the students walks with Ray as they discuss how each lost an eye. WE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN is certainly a very strange film and it's only remotely interesting because of how weird it actually is. I can't say I'd ever watch the movie again but I think it has enough curious moments to make it worth viewing once.


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