Sebastiane

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Filmed entirely in vulgar Latin, this experimental film recounts the life of Sebastiane, a puritanical but beautiful Christian soldier in the Roman Imperial troops who is martyred when he refuses the homosexual advances of his pagan captain. When this film was released, it was the only English-made film to have required English subtitles, and it is an early film by the noted experimental and outspokenly homosexual director Derek Jarman, who died in 1994. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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Audience Reviews for Sebastiane

  • Oct 18, 2014
    A bold film for the time it came out, but it seems like a pathetic excuse to explore the beauty of sweaty masculine forms as some cheap soft-core gay porn, with terrible acting from everyone (delivering their lines in a stiff Latin) and amateurishly photographed especially in the night scenes.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2013
    I appreciated all of the Latin dialogue, but I could barely get through this. My problem with Jarman is that so much of his stuff comes off as some kind of half-baked art project . . . and the unnecessarily pornographic imagery in this film doesn't help.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2006
    Thirty years ago I can see this rocking a few worlds, but today it looks a little trashy and unintentionally camp. "Beau Travail" covers similar ground better IMO, but both suffer from several very dry sections.
    J H Super Reviewer

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