Luca Guadagnino Dismisses Screenwriter's Criticism on 'Call Me By Your Name's' Lack of Nudity

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday September 16, 2020

Timothée Chalamet, left, and Armie Hammer in a scene from "Call Me By Your Name."
Timothée Chalamet, left, and Armie Hammer in a scene from "Call Me By Your Name."  (Source:Sony Pictures Classics via AP))

"Call Me by Your Name" director Luca Guadagnino recently dismissed criticism by legendary filmmaker James Ivory over the movie's lack of full-frontal male nudity, The Independent reports.

Ivory, who is 92 and openly gay, served as one of the film's producers and screenwriters. After winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, Ivory was still bothered by the omission of nudity in the film, and criticized Guadagnino — also an out gay man — in an interview with The Guardian:

"When people are wandering around before or after making love, and they're decorously covered with sheets, it's always seemed phoney to me. I never liked doing that. And I don't do it, as you know... the two guys have had sex and they get up and you certainly see everything there is to be seen. To me, that's a more natural way of doing things than to hide them, or to do what Luca did, which is to pan the camera out of the window toward some trees. Well..."

Ivory cited his own 1987 film "Maurice" as an accurate cinematic representation of sex and nudity, particularly in a post-coital moment. In response to Ivory's criticism, Guadagnino said:

"Maybe the script which he wrote — which was a draft which then I reworked with my editor — was compelled to tell this story through the perspective of a very expositionary kind of nudity. But that would have been his idea of the movie which, unfortunately, we haven't seen... so I don't know. I think James was a little tone deaf about the situation."

As EDGE reported last week, elsewhere in Guadagnino's interview with The Independent, the Italian director also addresses his views on casting strictly gay actors to play gay characters — and specifically in instances where the sexuality of a character may not be so strictly defined.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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