‘Call Me By Your Name’ screenwriter criticizes film for lack of nudity

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Call Me By Your Name” screenwriter James Ivory blasted director Luca Guadagnino for not including more nudity in the film.

In an interview with the Guardian, the openly gay screenwriter claims Guadagnino did consider filming nude scenes with Elio and Oliver but changed his mind. For Ivory, whose “Call Me By Your Name” screenplay won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the lack of nudity made the film unrealistic.

“When Luca says he never thought of putting nudity in, that is totally untrue,” Ivory says. “He sat in this very room where I am sitting now, talking about how he would do it, so when he says that it was a conscious aesthetic decision not to ― well, that’s just bullshit.”

“When people are wandering around before or after making love, and they’re decorously covered with sheets, it’s always seemed phony to me,” he continued. “I never liked doing that. And I don’t do it, as you know.”

He compared “Call Me By Your Name” to the 1987 film “Maurice,” a gay love story set at the turn of the 20th century in England. Ivory directed the film adaptation of the novel by E.M. Forester.

“The two guys have had sex and they get up and you certainly see everything there is to be seen,” Ivory says. “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.”

Guadagnino has defended his decision to keep nudity out of the film.

“I am the least prudish director you can meet. I’ve been very precise in using the female and male body on screen to convey all kind of emotions. I thought that the display of nudity in this specific movie was absolutely irrelevant and I understand that for James it would have been relevant but that is his vision, what is clear is that we had no limitations on what we wanted to do,” Guadagnino told the Independent.

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