He won the Oscar for adapted screenplay for his work on the film, but that doesn’t mean screenwriting legend James Ivory is entirely happy with how last year’s “Call Me By Your Name” turned out.
The film is a sensual experience, revelling in the sound and visuals of its time and indulging in the chemistry of its leads Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet with romantic passion. One thing it isn’t though is graphic. There’s no real nudity beyond a brief flash of buttocks, and no real sex shown – the one time a sex scene starts the camera pans away to some trees.
Speaking with The Guardian, Ivory says more explicitness was called for in the script and it really upsets him they weren’t included:
“When Luca [Guadagnino] says he never thought of putting nudity in, that is totally untrue. 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 bulls–t.”
Ivory has previously called the lack of nudity a ‘pity’ but now he’s going even further saying director Luca Guadagnino’s excuses don’t add up and the result feels forced and fake:
“When people are wandering around before or after making love, and they’re decorously covered with sheets, it’s always seemed phony to me. I never liked doing that. And I don’t do it, as you know. [In ‘Maurice’] 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.”
Guadagnino has been talking about a potential sequel film with the same actors, but Ivory’s name hasn’t been mentioned in regards to a follow-up.