Call me by your name by Luca Guadagnino, Oscar winner, launched the career of Timothée Chalamet: here are some curiosities about the film and its path.
Call me by your name it was an important film, for the contents it was able to convey, for having definitively launched the career of Timothée Chalamet, but also because it is the culmination of a project not started from Luca Guadagnino yet it went through thanks to the great commitment of the Italian director. Let’s explore the production history of the feature film co-interpreted by Armie Hammer, and let’s focus on some curiosities, without forgetting an excursus on the awards and the response of the public.
Call me by your name, a film by James Ivory and Luca Guadagnino
Many cinema fans will still have the director’s image in their hearts James Ivory, who at 89 on the stage of Oscar has become the oldest winner of a statuette, the one for the best non-original screenplay of Call me by your name. Mindful of the decades-long relationship he had with his late companion Ismail Merchant (as well as producer of his works always), Ivory had already announced in 2015 that he would direct the adaptation of the book of the same name by André Aciman of 2007, a love coming-of-age novel, but the following year the project only managed to start with a different director, then Luca Guadagnino, even if Gabriele Muccino and Sam Taylor-Johnson in Fifty Shades of Gray were considered. The idea of the rights holders of the transposition was to put Guadagnino alongside the elderly Ivory, but after some compromise it was decided that Guadagnino would be the only director, while only James Ivory would be credited with the script.
Ivory expressed concern only about one directorial choice (and in her opinion productive): her screenplay provided full nudes masculine, but Guadagnino chose otherwise, declaring that he wanted to seek the more emotional dimension of the relationship, rather than the carnal one. However, it was clearly stated in Chalamet and Hammer’s contract that they would not be shooting nudity.
Call me by your name, the curiosities behind the processing
Guadagnino is said to have organized rehearsals with Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer only once: the two actors would have rehearsed a sequence drawn at random in the script of Call me by your name. The scene turned out to be precisely the one in which the two joined on the grass: it only required a correction by the director, who asked the two actors for more passion, and then – so it seems – move away, letting the two continue in the kissing, rolling in the grass. It was the rest of the crew who told them that the test it was over. Both actors were chosen by Guadagnino only because they were considered suitable for the parts they had to play: neither of them is anyway homosexual in real life.
To prepare for the part, Chalamet took Italian and piano lessons, even if the character was adapted to his personal history, since in the book Elio does not know French. Hammer had also read the original novel in audiobook, before playing the role of Oliver.
Filming took place following as much as possible thechronological order of the sequences, a further element that allowed Chalamet and Hammer to cement their friendship, sharing the atmosphere of Cream and surroundings, according to the two actors identical to that shown in the feature film (historical reconstruction permitting).
According to Chalamet, Guadagnino seriously considered buying the beautiful one villa in which much of the film takes place, only to give up on the advice of the rest of the crew.
Call me by your name, the prizes and takings
Call me by your name was one of the most loved films in the edition of Oscar awards 2018, being nominated for Best Picture, as well as Best Actor in a Leading Role (Chalamet), Best Original Song (“Mystery of Love“by Sufjan Stevens) and the best non-original screenplay, winning the Oscar in the latter category. Hammer, however, had had a nomination ai Golden Globe for Best Supporting Role in a Drama.
Costing around $ 3,500,000, an independent opera budget, Call Me By Your Name has grossed nearly $ 42 million worldwide, a tremendous success for a intimate story which has been able to transmit a passion with a universal flavor.
Call me by your name, our interview with Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer
At the release of the film, we had the opportunity to discuss with Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer their commitment on Call me by your name, and we also explored some aspects of the film with Luca Guadagnino. Here we propose the two again video interviews to the performers and the director.