Say what you will about Call Me by Your Name (and we know you've said a lot), but in the hands of director Luca Guadagnino, the film is art. That's never been more apparent than in Nerdwriter's excellent new video breaking down the cinematic influences that inspired the film's most iconic shots.
For Guadagnino's adaptation, he pulled from a rich history of cinema that references a broad list of films by Merchant Ivory Productions -- the studio led by Call Me by Your Name's writer and producer, James Ivory. It was Ivory's work on the film that led to his Oscar and BAFTA awards for Best Adapted Screenplay at the age of 89, which made him the oldest-ever winner in any category for both awards.
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As Nerdwriter explains in the video, the Merchant Ivory films that Guadagnino references include: A Room with a View (1985), Maurice(1987), Eric Rohmer's Pauline at the Beach (1983) and The Green Ray (1986) Jean Renoir's A Day in the Country, and Maurice Pialat's A Nos Amours and Loulou, among others.
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While we watch Call Me by Your Name for sixth (or seventh) time, expect more from the director. As he confirmed earlier this month, the sequel will keep the two stars and be a "global adventure." As he explained to USA Today: "I'm already conceiving the story with Andre Aciman, and it's gonna happen five or six years afterward. It's gonna be a new movie, a different tone."