nobody movie_’Call Me By Your Name’ director denies ‘censorship’ of gay sex scenes

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Armie Hammer and Timothee Chamalet in Call Me By Your Name. (Sony)

call me by your name Director Luca Guadagnino has once again defended his decision to avoid nudity and sex scenes in the Oscar-nominated film.

Based on the original book of the same name and adapted from a more explicit screenplay by James IvoryGuadagnino was forced to draw criticism after his 2017 film’s airbrushed portrayal of the gay romance skipped the book’s most intimate sex scenes.

In conversation with Fantastic manThe director tried to explain his decision to pan the camera away, claiming it was because he “leaves the lovers alone.”

“I didn’t want to make a film about the pleasure of two bodies. call me by your name is a film about love,” explained Guadagnino. “It’s never about showing a racy moment of sex, or whatever kind of sex they had. I don’t know how these guys had sex. That is not the point.”

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call me by your name (Twitter/Sony)

He denied censoring the film to help the story appeal to a mainstream audience, adding, “That was never a consideration. Nobody thought while we were filming that we were going to make a mainstream movie about gay love or that we were going to have a huge audience.

“Who could have known? The idea that we decide we don’t want to show what it means when two guys fuck – it’s absurd!”

That sigh The director further argued that sexual acts had previously appeared in his films, so calling him a “prude” would not be accurate.

He said: “I made a short film called it in 1997 who – I was 24 or 25 when I shot it and I presented it at the Taormina Film Festival – it’s a 16-minute portrayal of a blowjob. I am not squeamish. I’m not. If I have to show what sex is, I will show it.”

The director had previously claimed he never intended the film to contain any nudity or sex scenes, leading screenwriter Ivory to back his claim in 2018.

Speak with The guardIvory revealed that his script called for Elio and Oliver to be shown fully nude and to include sex scenes.

He claimed that the film was changed because leads Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet both had clauses in their contracts prohibiting full frontal nudity.

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