Oh what a film to watch during Pride weekend! With the release of Glitterbox, I‚??m starting to explore Jarman‚??s work. It‚??s only logical to start with his startling debut. Featuring an Eno score and homoeroticism almost as unbridled as ‚??300‚??, it‚??s a bold declaration of a new auteur‚??s entry on the international scene. Sadly, after the highly stylized (think ‚??Caligula‚?? done right) opening, it settles into a rut during the extended desert scenes that comprise the rest of the film. Much of this is an intentional reflection of their ennui and repression, but it makes viewing more interesting than consistently engaging.
This will appeal to a very limited audience, but I suspect it has some devout fans. Among them should be the proud purveyors of those laughable reorientation centers. They can take pride in Sebastiane‚??s resolve while they unintentionally treat their attendees to some less than scantily clad Romans.