We Can't Go Home Again

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We Can't Go Home Again
We Can't Go Home Again.jpg
Directed by Nicholas Ray
Written by Nicholas Ray
Tom Farrell
Susan Ray
Starring Richie Bock
Tom Farrell
Nicholas Ray
Danny Fisher
Jill Gannon
Jane Heymann
Leslie Levinson
Stanley Liu
Luke Oberle
Phil Weisman
Cinematography Richie Bock
Peer Bode
Danny Fisher
Mark Goldstein
Stanley Liu
Steve Maurer
Edited by Richie Bock
Charles Bornstein
Tom Farrell
Danny Fisher
Mark Goldstein
Nicholas James
Carol Lenoir
Release date
  • 1976 (1976)
Running time
88 minutes (1976 version)
Country United States
Language English

We Can't Go Home Again is an experimental feature film directed by Nicholas Ray in collaboration with his film students at Binghamton University. Ray and the students play fictionalized versions of themselves.

The film was the major project of the last decade of Ray's life, and he and his collaborators continuously re-edited it. Rough versions of the film were screened at festivals as early as 1972 (including a Cannes premiere in 1973[1][2]), and the most well-known cut was completed in 1976.

Ray was still making alterations to it at the time of his death in 1979.


In 1971, Nicholas Ray received an invitation to lecture at Binghamton University's Harpur College, which had at the time just established a film department.[3] This led to Ray being offered a two-year teaching position at the department, which had been founded by Larry Gottheim and the experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs. Ray became close with his students, and together with them moved into a house off-campus where the group formed a filmmaking commune.[3] There they began work on We Can't Go Home Again, sharing all filmmaking duties.

The film was made using a wide variety of equipment and shooting formats, including Super 8, 16mm, 35mm and a video synthesizer which had been donated to the project by Nam June Paik.[3]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: We Can't Go Home Again". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  2. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "We Can't Go Home Again". Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Gallagher, Cullen. Not Coming to a Theater Near You: We Can't Go Home Again.

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