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The Film That Lit My Fuse: ‘Call Me By Your Name’ & ‘Suspiria’ Director Luca Guadagnino

Luca Guadagnino

The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.

Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Luca Guadagnino, the Oscar-nominated director and producer of Call Me by Your Name, Suspiria and A Bigger Splash. Guadagnino has also recently delved into television, creating this year’s We Are Who We Are, HBO’s coming-of-age drama series set on a military base during the 2016 election. With his numerous documentaries, like Bertolucci on Bertolucci, and Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams, the romance of Call Me by Your Name, and the surreality of Suspiria, Guadagnino’s choices are as artfully varied as they are inspiring and thought-provoking.

Here, he recalls the films that pushed him to pursue the screen as a form of self-expression. Watch as he describes his influences and process.

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