Call Me by Your Name: From Script to Screen
Call Me by Your Name was one of the most successful films of 2017, having garnered 89 awards world-wide, including an “Oscar” (for Best Adapted Screenplay) and 208 award nominations, including for the three further “Oscar” categories of “Best Motion Picture,” “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,” and “Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures.”
The film was based on a novel of the same name by the American memoirist, essayist, and New York Times bestselling novelist, André Aciman, whose Heinz Bluhm lecture will discuss the long, complicated, and fascinating process by which a novel is transformed into a movie script.
Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, Dr. Aciman was born in Alexandria, Egypt, but also spent parts of his youth in Rome and New York City. After completing his B.A. from New York’s Lehman College, Dr. Aciman continued his education at Harvard University from which he received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. At the CUNY Graduate Center, he serves as director of the Writers’ Institute at the Graduate Center and the Center for the Humanities. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, Dr. Aciman is a specialist in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English, French, and Italian literature, but is also and especially interested in the theory of the psychological novel (roman d’analyse) across boundaries and eras. In addition to the history of literary theory, he teaches the work of Marcel Proust and the literature of memory and exile.
Dr. Aciman is the author of the Whiting Award-winning memoir Out of Egypt (1995), an account of his childhood in a Jewish family in post-colonial Egypt. In addition to Out of Egypt (1995), Aciman has published False Papers: Essays in Exile and Memory (2001), Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere (2011), and four novels, Enigma Variations (2017), Harvard Square (2013), Eight White Nights (2010) and the aforementioned Call Me by Your Name (2007), for which he won the Lambda Literary Award for Men's Fiction (2008). He also edited Letters of Transit (1999) and The Proust Project (2004) and wrote the prefaces to Monsieur Proust (2003), The Light of New York (2007), Condé Nast Traveler's Room with a View (2010) and Stefan Zweig's Journey to the Past (2010). His essays and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Republic, Condé Nast Traveler, The Paris Review, Granta and The Best American Essays.
Thursday, October 4 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Higgins Hall, 300
Higgins Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467