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Oscar-Winning Screenwriter James Ivory Is Pissed “Call Me By Your Name” Cut Full-Frontal Nudity

"When people are wandering around before or after making love, and they’re decorously covered with sheets, it’s always seemed phony."

Call Me By Your Name received critical acclaim and several Academy Award nominations, but at least one person involved with the film is disappointed with the results. James Ivory, who won an Oscar for Name’s adapted screenplay, told The Guardian this week that his original script called for full-frontal nudity. But clauses in Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer’s contracts prohibited showing the Full Monty.

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“When [director] Luca [Guadagnino] says he never thought of putting nudity in, that is totally untrue,” says Ivory. “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.”

The out writer says seeing actors flounce around covered in sheets looks “phony.” “I never liked doing that,” he added. “And I don’t do it, as you know.”

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Last fall, Guadagnino told The Hollywood Reporter he wasn’t “interested at all” in including explicit sex scenes in the film.

“The tone would’ve been very different from what I was looking for. I wanted the audience to completely rely on the emotional travel of these people and feel first love,” he explained. “I didn’t want the audience to find any difference or discrimination toward these characters. It was important to me to create this powerful universality, because the whole idea of the movie is that the other person makes you beautiful — enlightens you, elevates you.”

Ivory previously said it was “a pity” the film eliminated male nudity. “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?'”

Indeed, actress Esther Garrel is seen fully nude in a sex scene with Chalamet.

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Ivory’s adaptations of Maurice and Room with a View both included casual male nudity. In Maurice, he says, “the two guys have had sex and they get up and you certainly see everything there is to be seen. 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 was originally slated to write and direct Call Me By Your Name with Guadagnino hired as a location consultant. As production continued, Guadagnino’s role grew to producer, and eventually director. Last year, he told the audience at the New York Film Festival that Ivory was replaced because the film he wanted to make was becoming too expensive.

For their part, Hammer and Chalamet are staying out of the controversy. “I felt very safe in Luca’s hands and Armie’s hands,” said Chalamet, 21.

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