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So I give a great level of importance to the concept of falling in love.” Instead, perhaps, it was resignation that made him take the helm.
Guadagnino had been attached to the adaptation of André Aciman’s delirious summer romance for nearly a decade—first as a consultant, then an executive producer, then a writer—when he finally took the plunge into directing it.
Ivory finally suggested Guadagnino join him as a co-director.
“But nobody believed in this concept,” Guadagnino sighs. But nobody believed two filmmakers could make a movie together—unless they were brothers, or a pair to begin with.” Guadagnino could be fast and nimble in a way Ivory wasn’t practiced in.
They had reached out to Guadagnino because the book is set in Italy and he knew the filmmaking landscape of his home country.For those who fall for it, Call Me by Your Name makes them fall hard.So much so that when their friends share those feelings, their reactions make it feel like the novel is somehow being adulterous.“It was important to me to make this happen for James. He was used to tight shoots and compressed schedules, and that would be attractive to financiers.It soon became undeniable: if this movie was going to go ahead, Luca Guadagnino would have to step up. We did it because we wanted to do it.” So what was it about this story that inspired such fevered devotion, and yet such hesitation to take the reins?