A Room with a (very nice) View (Image via Curzon)
In a new interview, 89-year-old James Ivory — he of A Room with a View (1985), Maurice (1987) and The Remains of the Day (1995) — explains why the new gay romantic drama Call Me by Your Name is hot, but not riddled with male nudity: The actors, Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, refused.
Keep reading for his remarks on the gay film of the year …
Via Variety: Ivory recalls the nudity in A Room with a View, contextualizing it:
My idea of the Sacred Lakes sequence, as it is called, was that it really had to be as Forster described it. We’d never really been bound by the studio requirements on things like nudity, so I said, “Let’s just do it, and what is seen is seen.” It was not even a “yes or no” decision. I had no idea that scene would get so much attention. It gets tremendous amounts of laughter. I had no idea that it was such a comical scene as well.
Touchy! (Image via Fox Searchlight)
As for Call Me by Your Name, it simply wasn't in the cards:
Certainly in my screenplay there was all sorts of nudity. But according to Luca, both actors had it in their contract that there would be no frontal nudity, and there isn’t, which I think is kind of a pity. Again, 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?”
My review of the film here.