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Sebastiane Reviews

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July 18, 2008
A movie in latin with a great score by Brian Eno
½ July 4, 2008
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.
May 31, 2008
While its a little slow, you can;t deny the beautiful painterlyness of it all. Not surprise that Jarman went on to make a film about Caravaggio, of whose paintings it is highly reminiscent
½ April 1, 2008
strange cinematography - all the heads are chopped off.
January 12, 2008
This remake of Sparticus was very cleverly done, however thye lead role should have went to the young David Hesselhoff.
December 20, 2007
i would call it ground-breaking if that word wasn't overused. a beautiful movie. if life was just, jarman would have gotten rich and famous with it instead of infamous...
December 19, 2007
Sebastiane follows the persecution and martyrdom of St. Sebastian, but the film has little to do with Christianity or history. The film contains many layers of meaning, all of which are concerned with the nature of the relationship of homosexuality to the rest of society. The film is filled with moments of subtle and not so subtle homoeroticism, all of which climax with the murder of Sebastiane - an icon which has become associated with BDSM and homosexuality. This makes Jarman's choice of subject-matter readily apparent. The fact that the film is actually shot completely in Vulgar Latin instead of english adds to a slightly distancing historical realism which draws the audiance into Jarman's world. It is beautifully shot and Sebastiane's voiceover gives the feeling that one could almost be watching a Terrence Malick film.
December 16, 2007
In my book, Derek Jarman's most sexiest tale of love between "real" men.
November 28, 2007
Too long and raving.
October 29, 2007
Very nice to look at.... pure eye-candy.
½ October 21, 2007
Umådeligt kedelig, og dybt mærkeligt
September 23, 2007
harsh but good , why do Gay boys die in early in films?
good it made people wake up and squirm.
½ September 9, 2007
Strange movie. Lots of fetish stuff for Jarman I guess. This movie must have really freaked the uptight idiots in Hoyylwood back then and for that alone it's a good movie.
½ August 16, 2007
A bit of a curiosity piece this one. Better made than I remember it being from viewing on Channel Four many years ago but still flatlines in terms of narrative, but then I doubt narrative was foremost on Jarman's mind when he made it.
½ August 8, 2007
slow and magical. its rich in psycho-sexuallity which is huge for its time. to address sex and fetishism in a mature and clear fashion is great for a time that viewed it as purely perversion
½ July 5, 2007
unusual, made with nothing but still great...!
June 14, 2007
Beautiful homoerotic shots... but slow and awkward plot
½ January 20, 2007
This movie sucks so much, its so gross and awfuly made. Bad acting, in overall stupid, a waste of time and money.
RubenBooth
Super Reviewer
September 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.
September 7, 2006
KIND of creeps me out, but its a good movie.
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