This is sort of a goofy anniversary to mark but it was two years ago today - May 23rd 2016 - when I wrote my very first post here on the site about Call Me By Your Name. And I know I've beaten this drum before but I was there reporting on this movie before anybody else - two years ago this was not big news. The book was known in certain circles but no blockbuster, while Luca Guadagnino's previous film A Bigger Splash had only just come out a couple weeks previously - it was well-received but people weren't exactly scouring the trades for news of his next project. I think it was several weeks later when I first saw CMBYN officially reported in the trades.
And Armie was just starting his turn to indie fare thanks to that well-documented string of blockbuster flops he did - The Birth of a Nation was still riding buzz from its Sundance premiere (before that cratered) but nobody was really writing about him when they wrote about that movie anyway. And Timothée Chalamet... who?? Timo what now? Exactly.
When I wrote about the film that day they were still in the process of filming it - I managed to dig up a couple of photos from the set that will look familiar to any of us who eventually became obsessed, but at the time I had to do some heavy digging to find this stuff. Point being... I am sure glad I did! It worked out well for me! Check out all of our extensive (there really isn't a word for that gets across how extensive I actually mean so we'll have to stick with just 'extensive") coverage on the movie at this link here. For a more curated bunch of links click here. Now bring on the sequel!