About the book
In six pieces, we attempt to articulate what feels so ineffable about the film while watching, help you fall in love with the performances all over again by digging deep into the nuts and bolts of how they work, and illuminate why this film is an important addition to the queer cinema canon.
You’ll want to read and re-read these pieces every time you watch the film — and whenever you wish you could be watching the film but can’t (on the bus, in a waiting room, etc.).
“Seventh Row’s Special Issues are of such high standard that one would be excused to think they only belong in hardcover print. I have re-read some of them more times than I care to admit, and thanks to the ebooks, I do so on the bus to and from work, while I’m waiting for a movie to start, or just on the bed at home.”
Per M. Mjølkeråen
“Just purchased my copy. Thanks so much to the writers of @SeventhRow for their wonderful work. As I said, this is indispensable to all fans.”
“This very good analysis made me fall in love with Timothée Chalamet’s performance all over again.”
Angie J. Han
Film Critic, @ajhan
“This is a very cool way to grab some of the best film writing going around.”
Film Critic, @Beer_Movie
Chapter 1: Review of CMBYN
by Alex Heeney
Guadagnino captures what first love feels like, in all its fumbling, awkward, confusing, terrifying, joyous glory.
Chapter 2: Keeping a straight face: How CMBYN‘s queer characters get misread
by Brandon Nowalk
An essay on how Call Me by Your Name is the latest in a long line of same-sex romances to have its characters diminished as empty vessels, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Chapter 3: Timothée Chalamet’s silent beauty
by Joanna Di Mattia
An essay on how Timothée Chalamet conveys how words aren’t enough for Elio. His body reveals the feelings he leaves unspoken.
Chapter 4: Armie Hammer’s Oliver is more than an object of desire
by Orla Smith
An essay on how Armie Hammer’s performance as Oliver weaponizes his star persona, allowing us to misread his character in the same way that Elio does.
Chapter 5: Tricks with time
by Alex Heeney
An essay on how Luca Guadagnino uses framing and editing to expand and contract time, allowing us to experience it in the same way that Elio and Oliver do.
Chapter 6: Our 11 favourite scenes from CMBYN
Our writers pick their favourite scenes from Call Me by Your Name and write about what makes them great.
“I’ve been reading the CMBYN issue, which captures the film perfectly. I saw it a couple weeks ago and, walking out of the theater, all I wanted was to turn around and watch it again. I dig Alex Heeney’s essay about time and desire, especially her discussion of the ways in which Elio’s love-lust heightens his sensitivity, as if his body clock is tethered to Oliver’s comings and goings. Brilliantly, Heeney points out that every scene acts as a warning, a reminder that such feeling is temporary and fragile. We know Elio and Oliver will look back on this summer and feel they missed it. Ugh! How did she articulate what felt so ineffable while I was watching?”