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“Call Me By Your Name” Opens Dec. 22 Mid­town Art Cin­ema 931 Mon­roe Drive, At­lanta, GA 30308­mark­the­ AMC Phipps Plaza 14 3500 Peachtree Road N.E. At­lanta, Ge­or­gia 30326­cthe­­atres/ at­lanta/amc-phipps-plaza-14 ei­ther. The ac­tors had strict nu­dity clauses in their con­tracts and Guadagnino (de­vi­at­ing sharply from the script Ivory orig­i­nally wrote) has re­frained from show­ing much sex. For a film about sex­ual awak­en­ing, this feels tepid. Even the much-dis­cussed (and racy) peach scene feels wa­tered down.

In its Os­car pur­suit, its pro­duc­ers have down­played the gay an­gle a bit, calling this a uni­ver­sal love story in­stead of a gay one. Some of its ads in the U.K. have even straight-washed the film, pro­mot­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Elio and Marzia in­stead.

“Call Me By Your Name” is mem­o­rable and worth see­ing and dis­cussing af­ter. Yet in a year that has seen such bold and un­apolo­get­i­cally queer films as “BPM,” “God’s Own Coun­try,” “Bat­tle of the Sexes” and “”Pro­fes­sor Marston and the Won­der Women,” it’s a shame that the high­est-pro­file LGBT film of the year is so un­will­ing to em­brace its own gay sen­si­bil­ity.

‘Call Me By Your Name’ is be­ing talked about for sev­eral Os­car nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing Best Pic­ture, Best Ac­tor and Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor. (Photo cour­tesy Sony Clas­sics)

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