Oscilloscope to Release Nicholas Ray's Last Film 'We Can't Go Home Again'
Distributor also acquires a second film about Ray, "Don't Expect Too Much."
Nicholas Ray’s We Can’t Go Home Again, which will have its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, will be released in North America this fall by Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Ray made the film in the early 1970s with his students at SUNY Binghamton in upstate New York. It documents the late director teaching filmmaking to a novice crew while also making a feature film. It premiered as an unfinished work at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, and Ray continued to shoot and edit it until his death in 1979.
In addition to acquiring rights to Home, which will play the New York Film Festival, Oscilloscope also plans to release a new documentary, Don’t Expect Too Much, which explores Ray’s approach to directing and the relationship between his life and art in the latter years of his life. That doc was directed by his wife Susan Ray, who also supervised the restoration of Home in collaboration with The Nicholas Ray Foundation, EYE Institute Netherlands, and The Academy Film Archive.
Oscilloscope will screen both films at festivals, in repertory houses, at universities and archives, and in special engagements around the country; and will release them on DVD and multiple digital platforms next year. Both films are also scheduled to air on Turner Classic Movies in late October.