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James Ivory Is Pissed That Call Me By Your Name Didn't Have Full Frontal Nudity

James Ivory Is Pissed That Call Me By Your Name Didn't Have Full Frontal Nudity

Call Me By Your Name

And so are we.

Screenwriter and director James Ivory, who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Call Me By Your Name, is not happy that director Luca Guadagnino failed to include any full-frontal nudity in the final cut of the film.

For those sinful few who have yet to see the gay romantic drama, Guadagnino made a disappointing decision to pan away from lovers Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer over to some trees during the moment of penetration. Some thought it tasteful, others homophobic... but we can all agree that it was a really big let-down in terms of the eye candy we were expecting to join us on the silver screen.

Guadagnino has previously defended the decision as an "artistic decision" and that the nudity was "irrelevant," but thankfully Ivory has now called "bullsh*t" on that statement.

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In a new interview in The Guardian, Ivory rebukes Guadagnino's defense of a film sans-penis, saying: "When Luca 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 bullshit."

Call Me By Your Name is first and foremost about the sexual and romantic relationship between its two main characters, Oliver and Elio, so the idea that their sex is "irrelevant" seems insane. Also, they show sex between a man and woman in the film, so...

"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 his 1987 filmi Maurice, Ivory shows full nudity. He continues: "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."

Ivory has been nominated for Best Director Oscars three times, and was previously attached to co-direct CMBYN with Guadagnino, but backed down for financial reasons.

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