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Critic Reviews for Sebastiane
Derek Jarman looks at Sebastian and sees what Botticelli (and Perugino, Reni and Mishima) saw, the lambent space between spiritual and sexual longing
An out-and-proud Spartacus and a pre-AIDS Beau travail, all in one.
[It] treads an almost imperceptible line between using devout fidelity to ratify its source and using rampant infidelity to undermine it.
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Audience Reviews for Sebastiane
Jarman's first feature is also his least accessible, a flagrant showcase for homosexuality conveyed through the death of famous gay icon St. Sebastian. Although his signature themes (isolated gay experience, opposition from outsiders, gratuitous nudity as a means of rebellion) ultimately yield lesser results than his later work, Sebastiane remains a singularly fascinating study of a historical figure told through artful, boldly anti-establishment means.
It may be the most homoerotic film I've ever watched. Definitely worth checking out for some beautiful imagery and being filmed entirely in Latin.
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.
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