Merchant Ivory’s Acclaimed ‘Shakespeare Wallah’ Hits Blu-Ray Come April

Shakespeare WallahIt’s amazing to think that with such a storied cinematic career it was his adapted screenplay for Call Me Be Your Name which netted James Ivory his first ever Oscar. A 2k digital restoration, courtesy of the Cohen Film Collection, has been made to one of the filmmaker’s earliest films Shakespeare Wallah, and that Merchant Ivory Productions project hits Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on April 3.

The narrative centers on Tony Buckingham (Geoffrey Kendal) and his wife Carla (Laura Liddell), actor/managers of a troupe who stage Shakespeare plays in 1960s India. The changing times of India, specifically the culture’s growing love for Bollywood films, leads to a precipitous dip in their demand for their formerly tried and true material. Felicity Kendal co-stars as their daughter Lizzie, with frequent Merchant Ivory collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala penning the script.

Supplemental features include the film’s original and release trailer, as well as interviews with Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and actors Felicity Kendal and Shashi Kapoor.

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Timothée Chalamet Has “Random Luck of the Universe” Bond With Armie Hammer

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It’s been an incredible time career wise for Timothée Chalamet, as he received an Oscar nod for Call Me By Your Name and also received his share of good notices for the equally revered picture Lady Bird. To add a bit of icing to the cake, he also has a supporting role in the underrated Western Hostiles.

Chalamet understands that his success was not achieved all by himself, as collaboration is always an integral part of the process. Finding chemistry, as well as a lifelong friend in Call Me By Your Name co-star Armie Hammer was, in his words, the “random luck of the universe.” Click on the media bar below to hear Chalamet discuss working with Hammer and filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (who received an Oscar nod for Best Adapted Screenplay):

Call Me By Your Name is best on the novel by André Aciman.


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Timothée Chalamet Knows ‘Call Me’ May Be Affecting Its Viewers

Apparently the early buzz on the film Call Me By Your Name was justified, since it’s now received several Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations, which certainly bodes well for its chances at the Oscars. In the movie, Timothée Chalamet plays a 17-year-old boy who becomes romantically involved with one of his father’s students, Oliver (Armie Hammer), and he says that while the awards nominations are nice, it’s been especially gratifying to hear people’s reactions to the film in person. (Click on the media bar below to hear Timothée Chalamet)

Call Me By Your Name is playing now in limited release.

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Armie Hammer Reflects On Emotional Journey With ‘Call Me By Your Name’

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Call Me By Your Name is getting a ton of critical acclaim, and the project has shined a pretty big spotlight on up and coming actor Timothée Chalamet (he also stars in Lady Bird and the upcoming Christian Bale Western Hostiles). For co-star Armie Hammer, the film was also a turning point acting wise. Though he’s done his share of character driven work (The Social Network, J. Edgar), Hammer’s best known for such high profile studio projects like The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Lone Ranger.In the 1983 set Call Me By Your Name, Hammer plays a 24-year-old student who falls in love with his professor’s son (Chalamet) during a summer in Italy.

The actor reflects on his creatively fruitful collaboration with Guadagnino. “It just seemed like a challenge for me as an actor to make me that emotionally accessible and vulnerable,” said Hammer. “And I think that was one of the things that I really credit Luca with is the fact that he saw that and was not going to let anybody fake anything. It was all about him dragging and pulling that honesty out of us.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Hammer elaborate on his collaboration with Guadagnino:


Call Me By Your Name, co-starring Michael Stuhlbarg, is now playing in select theaters.

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Stars Created Instant Chemistry

There’s a huge buzz on director Luca Guadagnino’s coming of age drama Call Me By Your Name. The third part of his Desire trilogy, it’s the story of a 17-year-old boy, played by Timothée Chalamet, who becomes romantically involved with Oliver (Armie Hammer), one of his father’s students. Both of its stars deliver outstanding performances, and the chemistry between Chalamet and Hammer in a movie built on intimate moments is remarkable. The two actors hadn’t worked together before starting this movie, so we asked them what their first impressions were when they met each other.

Call Me By Your Name is playing now in selected theaters.

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