Renowned screenwriter James Ivory, who recently won an Oscar for his adaptation of the screenplay for Call Me By Your Name, criticizes the lack of frontal nudity and explicit sex in the film. The film, directed by Luca Guadagnino, depicts Timothée Chalamet as Elio, a teenage boy who falls in love with Oliver (Armie Hammer), a graduate student staying in his family’s Italian villa during the summer. The film received rave reviews last year, toured film festivals for many months before going to the theaters, and received a total of four Oscar nominations.
However, Ivory is not the first to criticize Call Me By Your Name for his prudence. There is a particularly bold scene involving a peach, but the scenes of gay love are shortened when the film is cut off or pulled away. The original script is much more explicit. Elio and Oliver were described in detail for the first time. The book, written by André Aciman, is also very explicit, though this is partly due to the fact that it is told by a 17-year-old boy with very active imagination.
Ivory expressed her criticism of nudity and explicit sex, which was removed from the film in an interview with The Guardian. Guadagnino said it was a creative decision not to show Elio and Oliver in sex, but Ivory says it’s a clause in Chalamet and Hammer’s contracts that prevents the film from showing off nudes.
“When Luca says he never thought about nudity, it’s totally wrong … He was sitting in the same room I’m sitting in now talking about how he would do it, so if he said that it was a deliberate aesthetic decision, no, well that’s stupid … If people walk around before or after lovemaking and they’re elegantly covered with sheets, it always seems fake, I’ve never liked that. ”
Asked why he decided to open an open window when Elio and Oliver had sex at the New York Film Festival, Guadagnino defended the decision (through IndieWire):
“If we were to keep an eye on our sexual relationships, it would have been a kind of ugly intervention, I think their love is in all things, so when we look at the window and see the trees, we feel we are witnessing it deny with firm determination that I did not hesitate to show it, because I think Oliver, Elio, Armie and Timothée, the four showed in many ways a very close and close and it was enough “.
Guadagnino also spoke to THR in an interview with THR, saying, “I have no interest in showing sex at all, the tone would have been very different from what I was looking for.” It is possible that his hand was forced by the actor’s contracts, as Ivory believes, or perhaps it was a really creative and aesthetic decision. Who knows, maybe we’ll see a bit more skin in the planned redirects.