Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” stole the show at Sundance and Toronto and is considered a major awards contender already. It’s also, like many of the best prestige films, a substantial film which clocks in at 132 minutes.
Timothee Chalamet stars as a 17-year-old American-Italian boy who’s on summer vacation with his family at their Italian villa. When an American scholar (Armie Hammer) comes to work with the boy’s father (Michael Stuhlbarg), a summer romance sparks.
There has been talk that Guadagnino had to cut out some scenes, and now in a new interview with Collider he not only confirmed that but revealed that his original rough cut of the film ran a whopping four hours long. He also says that:
“Usually it takes a LONG time to edit, it’s the process that I enjoy the most, and it’s the process that takes the longest – usually a year, a year and a half, before we mix and stuff and lock the picture. With this movie we wrapped on the 18th of June, and I had my cut done on the 30th of July.”
At this point in the interview both the interviewer and Armie say that such a fast edit is crazy. Guadagnino continues:
“I said to my self it’s insane as well. I didn’t expect. I actually said to my editor while we were shooting, I feel that it’s going to be fast editing because it was all there in a way.
So when we saw the movie at the end of June, twelve days after we wrapped, I saw the four-hour version of this film and then we said OK. We love this, it was great. It was almost a temptation to indulge with these people in the movie for four hours.
Then we started to see more discipline and na, na na, na, BOOM [clicks fingers]. We got to the point we didn’t do any test screening, we didn’t do anything, we just felt it was a good movie… a good length.”
Whether any of those deleted scenes or a longer cut of the film will make their way to home video sometime next year is unknown at this point.
“Call Me by Your Name” opens in North America on November 24th