Venice devotes a day to Ray

Fest to unspool 'We Can't Go Home, Again,' helmer's last work

The Venice Film Festival will honor “Rebel Without a Cause” helmer Nicholas Ray with a day dedicated to his work, including the world preem of a new version of his cult 1976 pic, “We Can’t Go Home Again,” on Sept. 4.

The Lido announced the tribute, which also includes a new documentary and a panel discussion, on Sunday — the centennial of the Hollywood maverick’s birth.

“We Can’t Go Home Again,” Ray’s final work, will be presented by his widow, Susan Ray, and director-thesp James Franco, whose Sal Mineo biopic “Sal” is unspooling in the Venice Horizons section.

Restoration and reconstruction of the experimental pic was supervised by Susan Ray and the Nicholas Ray Foundation, with assistance from the Eye Film Institute Netherlands and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Film Archive and with the support of Gucci, Martin Scorsese’s the Film Foundation, the Cinematheque Francaise and Italy’s RAI Cinema.

It is considered the definitive version, faithful to the original pic Ray shot with his film students at Harpur College.

Susan Ray’s tribute docu “Don’t Expect Too Much,” about the making of the pic, will world preem.

Spanish helmer Victor Erice, author of a book about Ray, U.S. artist-helmer Douglas Gordon and Henry Hopper, whose father, Dennis Hopper, starred in “Rebel Without a Cause,” will be among members of a panel discussion dedicated to the helmer.

Venice runs Aug. 31-Sept. 10.

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