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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 ... See full summary »


Nicholas Ray





Credited cast:
Richard Bock Richard Bock ... Richie (as Richie Bock)
Tom Farrell ... Tom Farrell
Danny Fisher ... Danny
Jill Gannon Jill Gannon ... Jill
Jane Heymann Jane Heymann ... Jane
Leslie Levinson Leslie Levinson ... Leslie
Stanley Liu Stanley Liu ... Stanley
Luke Oberle Luke Oberle ... Luke
Nicholas Ray ... Nick Ray
Ned Weisman Ned Weisman ... Ned
Phil Weisman Phil Weisman ... Phil


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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Nick Ray: I made ten goddamned Westerns and I can't even tie a noose.
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Alternate Versions

A restored/reconstructed version had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2011 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Nicholas Ray's birth. According to Susan Ray: "The restoration is based on the picture of the version of We Can't Go Home Again first shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973, the most complete version of the film screened publicly. We have integrated the 1973 picture with a narration created by Ray and recorded in his own voice as he continued to work on the film after the Cannes '73 screening until his death in 1979." See more »


Referenced in Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinémathèque (2004) See more »

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Ray's Final is a Strange One
8 February 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

We Can't Go Home Again (1976)

** (out of 4)

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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2 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Gun Under My Pillow See more »

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Binghamton, New York, USA

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