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Support Nicholas Ray: 2 Films, 1 Kickstarter, Susan Ray Interview

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Above: A 35mm still image from We Can't Go Home Again.

Mubi is currently showing throughout most of the world two wonderful Nicholas Ray films. One is his final film, uncompleted but beautifully restored and reconstructed, We Can't Go Home Again (1973). The other is a new documentary by Susan Ray, the filmmaker's widow, Don't Expect Too Much, that is a companion piece to this wildly experimental, collaborative feature. We are showing these two features to celebrate Ray and bring attention to The Nicholas Ray Foundation's Kickstarter project funding a new documentary on the filmmaker, Action! Master Class with Nicholas Ray.

Update: After not making the previous project goal, a new Kickstarter projection for Action! can be found here. We highly encourage you to donate your support. From the project's description:

"In Action! you'll encounter Nick's charismatic presence as he shares his knowledge of what he called "the cathedral of the arts.
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Unknown Pleasures #4. Lineup

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Berlin's festival of American independent film, Unknown Pleasures, runs from January 1 through 15 at the Babylon, and co-programmers Hannes Brühwiler and Andrew Grant have put together a lineup for this fourth edition that's a little more adventurous that the first three:

Dustin Guy Defa's Bad Fever Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene Todd Haynes's Mildred Pierce Monty Hellman's Road to Nowhere Azazel Jacobs's Terri Aaron Katz's Cold Weather Laurel Nakadate's The Wolf Knife Mike Ott's Littlerock Tristan Patterson's Dragonslayer Matt Porterfield's Putty Hill Peter Bo Rappmund's Psychohydrography Lee Anne Schmitt's The Last Buffalo Hunt Joe Swanberg's Silver Bullets Sophia Takel's Green Frederick Wiseman's Boxing Gym Zach Weintraub's Bummer Summer

There are also two special programs, one highlighting Martin Scorsese's recent documentaries (George Harrison: Living in the Material World, A Letter to Elia and Public Speaking). And for the other,
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Nyff 2011. Nicholas Ray's "We Can't Go Home Again"

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"Sunday night at 9, the place to be is the New York Film Festival to see Nicholas Ray's film We Can't Go Home Again," declares the New Yorker's Richard Brody. At the top of its roundup, Alt Screen notes that "Ray himself worked on the film from its premiere in 1973, to his death in 1979; this restoration was undertaken by his widow, Susan Ray. Susan presents Don't Expect Too Much, her own film on Nick's life and work on Monday, Oct 3 at 8:30." Both films will return to the City for a single evening at Film Forum on Oct 17. Start with the Alt Screen roundup, then swing by the one from Venice. Here's a quick sampling of a few of the reviews that have appeared since both of them.

"Eight years after essentially collapsing on the set of 1963's 55 Days at Peking and long after having exhausted studio goodwill with his drug use and erratic reliability,
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Why Nicholas Ray is in a class of his own

Where does a maverick film-maker such as Nicholas Ray go after directing Rebel Without a Cause? Back to school, says Geoffrey Macnab

Nicholas Ray wasn't the sort of film-maker ever to go quietly into retirement. The maverick director behind Rebel Without a Cause, Johnny Guitar and Bigger Than Life possessed a notoriously cussed temperament and, despite being one of Hollywood's best-paid directors in the 1950s, was perennially broke. Dogged by financial and health problems until his death in 1979, the last few years of his life were especially turbulent. Nonetheless, as a world premiere of the restored version of his experimental film, We Can't Go Home Again, at the Venice film festival has made clear, the 1970s were far from a lost decade for Ray. In fact, amid the chaos, he undertook some of his most radical and adventurous work.

We Can't Go Home Again is just what you would expect
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