Italian Movies that Are Inspiring the ‘F’ Out of My Summer LEWK

“Elio, Elio, Elio,” Elio says, staring at Oliver.

“Oliver, Oliver, Oliver,” Oliver says, staring at Elio.

‘Swoon, swoon, swoon,’ I say to myself.

That’s what remained in my head after watching Call Me By Your Name, that, and it made me hate my iPhone and long for days sunbathing by the pool reading Gogol. When I read the book beforehand it alluded to clothes that both Elio and Oliver wore, were essential to the story.

“I could have denied so many things…that his billowy blue shirt, becoming even more billowy when he wore it on gusty days on the patio by the pool, promised to harbor a scent of skin and sweat that made me hard just thinking of it.”

Both the film and book allude to a very nostalgic summer in Italy that portray itself through the clothes—and if you’ve never sunbathed in Crema or traipsed across the rugged coves of Pantelleria Island, then consider taking a mental vacay and watch these four films that will quench your wanderlust and elevate your summer wardrobe.

Call Me By Your Name

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Location: Crema in Lombardia or ‘Somewhere in Northern-Italy’


The Talented Mr. Ripley

Director: Anthony Minghella
Location: Mongibello, San Remo, and Rome

A Bigger Splash

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Location: Pantelleria Island


La Grande Bellazza

Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Location: Rome

It is this essential naiveté and promiscuity that remind me of Italian films that equally if not more, lend themselves to being the quintessential aesthetic for summer, maybe you’ll wear a red blazer to an evening party, or saunter through the countryside in open shoulder floral dresses, or maybe you’ll have a sordid and romantic love affair on the Italian coast—that’s what I’m rooting for.

Featured Image via Call Me by Monet, who you should immediately follow because their Instagram is the only feed we need in summer of 2018. 

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