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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

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Barney James
as Severus
Neil Kennedy
as Maximilium
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Critic Reviews for Sebastiane

All Critics (8)

Feels like an actual expression of transporting ecstasy, appreciating nudity and the fleshiness of bodies so much that it actually transmutes into a kind of worship.

June 28, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The story is reduced to a boring and physical apotheosis of sweat, skin, and tedium. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 30, 2019 | Full Review…

A one of a kind film.

May 6, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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

April 1, 2010 | Full Review…

The Passion of the Flesh

February 7, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

August 15, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Sebastiane

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

Super Reviewer

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 Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

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