Call Me by Your Name: Perspectives on the Film (Trajectories of Italian Cinema and Media) (Hardcover)

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By Edward Lamberti (Editor), Michael Williams (Editor)
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This edited collection explores how Luca Guadagnino’s film Call Me by Your Name speaks powerfully to questions of contemporary sexual identity and romance.

Adapted by James Ivory from André Aciman’s novel and directed by Luca Guadagnino, the film Call Me by Your Name has been passionately received among audiences and critics ever since its 2017 release. A love story between seventeen-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and graduate student Oliver (Armie Hammer) and set in 1983 “somewhere in northern Italy,” Call Me by Your Name presents a gay relationship in a romantic idyll seemingly untroubled by outside pressures, prejudices, or tragedy.

While this means it offers audiences welcome opportunities to swoon in front of an LGBTQ+ romance that equals classic heterosexual romances onscreen, its relevance or political significance today may not be immediately apparent. This edited collection points out the ways in which the film is abundantly infused with narrative, thematic, and stylistic elements that can be interpreted as speaking powerfully to contemporary audiences on questions of sexual identity. How does this love story explore wider tensions that exist between the specific and the general, between the open and the hidden, and between the past and the present? The contributors to this collection provide stimulating and contemplative responses to this question.

About the Author

Edward Lamberti is the author of Performing Ethics through Film Style: Levinas with the Dardenne Brothers, Barbet Schroeder and Paul Schrader and the editor of Behind the Scenes at the BBFC: Film Classification from the Silver Screen to the Digital Age. He has a PhD in film studies research from King’s College London and is policy manager at the BBFC.

Michael Williams is professor in film studies at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Film Stardom and the Ancient Past: Idols, Artefacts and Epics and Film Stardom, Myth and Classicism: The Rise of the Hollywood Gods. He has published widely on stardom and with a particular focus on queer imagery and reception, and he is also author of Ivor Novello: Screen Idol.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781789389425
ISBN-10: 1789389429
Publisher: Intellect Ltd
Publication Date: July 15th, 2024
Pages: 350
Language: English
Series: Trajectories of Italian Cinema and Media


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