Call Me by Your Name was released in 2017. It is a queer coming-of-age romantic drama that takes place in 1983 in northern Italy. Based on a book of the same name written in 2007 by Andre Aciman, the screenplay was written by James Ivory and the film directed by Luca Guadagnino. The film follows Elio Perlman, played by Timothée Chalamet, as he meets and falls in love with the older Oliver, played by Armie Hammer. Oliver comes to stay with Elio’s family in northern Italy, as he is a student of Elio’s father and is helping him with research for the summer. At first, Elio does not like Oliver, but a bond grows and becomes romantic as time goes on. Elio’s parents are silently aware of the romance and his father only speaks to him about it after Oliver’s departure and Elio’s following sadness. Check our various Call Me by Your Name screen facts below.
Only One Rehearsal
Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer were only brought in to rehearse one scene prior to filming. More specifically, Luca Guadagnino had brought them in to rehearse the intimate scene. The stars had been instructed to roll around on the grass and kiss. Mid-rehearsal,the director left and other crew members had to inform the stars the rehearsal was over. Timothée and Armie were expected to perfect their kissing scenes and given rehearsed make-out time to do so.
The Original Novel Author had a Cameo
Author Andre Aciman, who had not been very involved with the film project, was welcomed to have a cameo in the film. The director, Guadagnino, insisted on a cameo from the author. Aciman ended up playing a dinner guest and one half of an older gay couple Elio’s parents were friends with.
Neither Star Auditioned for their Role
Both Timothée and Armie were cast by the director with no audition. Guadagnino had been introduced to Chalamet in 2013 and knew he wanted him for the role. After seeing Hammer in The Social Network, Guadagnino had decided instantly who he wanted to play opposite of Chalamet.
Armie Hammer Played Elio Too
Armie Hammer narrated the audiobook of the original Call Me by Your Name novel. Effectively playing all the characters in another adaptation.
Overtly Sexual Scenes
While the novel had much more sexual scenes and the screenplay even had moments of full-frontal nudity, the Call Me by Your Name film adaptation remained relatively tasteful. Both Hammer and Chalamet had worked “no full-frontal nudity” into their contracts. The screenplay writer was not pleased by this stating, “I think is kind of a pity….it’s just this American attitude. Nobody seems to care that much, or be shocked, about a totally naked woman. It’s the men. This is something that must be so deeply cultural that one should ask: ‘Why?’” Even with opposition from the screenplay writer, this went well with the director’s image. Guadagnino did not want any sexual scenes to be forced, he wanted the plot and imagery to flow organically and nothing to feel over-the-top.
Longest Standing Ovation in History
At the New York Film Festival, after its premier, Call Me By Your Name received a ten-minute standing ovation. This was the longest standing ovation in the festival’s history.
After its critical success, a sequel was put in motion, with a plot to recognize the AIDS epidemic. The plot was supposed to take place several years after Elio’s and Oliver’s first encounter. A second novel had been written by Andre Aciman titled, Find Me. Though it is unclear if the second movie would have followed the plot of the novel. Unfortunately, due to Armie Hammer controversies, director Luca Guadagnino has stated no desire to make the second film anymore.