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Sebastiane (1976)




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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
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest , Gay & Lesbian
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Barney James
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Neil Kennedy
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Critic Reviews for Sebastiane

All Critics (6)

A one of a kind film.

Full Review… | May 6, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Derek Jarman looks at Sebastian and sees what Botticelli (and Perugino, Reni and Mishima) saw, the lambent space between spiritual and sexual longing

Full Review… | April 1, 2010

The Passion of the Flesh

Full Review… | February 7, 2007

An out-and-proud Spartacus and a pre-AIDS Beau travail, all in one.

August 15, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

[It] treads an almost imperceptible line between using devout fidelity to ratify its source and using rampant infidelity to undermine it.

Full Review… | June 4, 2003

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.

Reece Leonard
Reece Leonard

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.

Michael Stuhlman
Michael Stuhlman

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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