I saw this film in 1995 in a Queer Film Styles class at USC. In my notes, I wrote that the sailors were campy. The fire symbolized burning desire or oppression. The oppressive sailors were eroticized. The erotic interest of homophobes was a major theme. The use of milk symbolized a purification ritual. The sex was supposed to be seen as a spiritual act as opposed to Jean Genet films that portrayed sex as destructive. The African sculpture was representative of pornography.