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How ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Became a Modern Coming-of-Age Classic

  The coming-of-age genre is one that isn’t exactly new, in fact it dates back to the 1950s with films like The Cool and the Crazy (1958) and Reform School Girl (1957), and of course the genre continued evolving in the decades that followed, reaching a peak in popular culture in the 70s (American Graffiti is one of the most iconic movies of the decade) and most notably the 80s, when John Hughes got a crack at it and pulled out one blockbuster after another, while others tried, and often did, match his original approach to the genre which would soon become formulaic: The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Ferris Buller’s Day Off are some of the most fun and memorable movies of the 1980’s. What became formulaic would soon turn into cheesy and overdone, so the end of the 1980’s saw the genre shifting yet again into more serious tones; Heathers shifted it into the dark comedy sphere, while Dead Poets Society tried a more mature and serious approach. Coming-of-Age films never really fade

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