Sebastiane: Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]
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The film takes some liberties with the historical/legendary Sebastian, who was never exiled to a remote outpost, and incredibly who was supposed not to have died from the arrows with which he was famously shot - how Emperor Diocletian ordered him killed, and how the film ends - but rather from a second execution when he was clubbed to death. Although the film works brilliantly on many levels - cinematic, psychological, spiritual, aesthetic, even political - what may strike you first is the vividness and authenticity of the ancient world it depicts. Despite an over-the-top prologue at the glitteringly decadent court of Diocletian, and its strategic use of famous Renaissance paintings of St. Sebastian (by Mantegna, Reni, etc.) in the final scene, this film feels like lived experience.
Shot on location in Sardinia, every well-worn costume and dusty prop seems genuine.Read more ›
This film is NOT for the easily offended. There are massive amounts of male nudity here, but it's shown as natural, which it is. Essential viewing for Jarman fans (or which I include myself).
this is a great film, but honestly speaking, I think this film is most notable simply as being a single product of
Derek Jarman's genius; not as being a distinctive masterwork, in itself. If you want to speak in terms
of advancement/positive representation in homosexually themed art,
this is the gold star winner. Otherwise, the visuals are the only thing that makes this movie noteworthy.
Jarman's Sebastiane is a genuine visual delight. Within this film lies a
remarkable portrait of the masculine condition (strength, weakness, beauty, intimidation, domination). The brute masculinity of the soldiers is smartly juxtaposed with the arid harshess of the desert in which they are exiled. As men void of females, they are like any other lifeform that is subjected
to the extremes of the desert: survive on what is provided or perish therein.
This lofty theme, however, is undermined by poor acting,
questionable historical references, and latin pronunciation (OH MY GOD, THE LATIN!!) that sounds like a Pig Latin translation
of a Shakespeare manuscript (my latin professor would have
gone into cardiac arrest after 2 minutes).
NONE OF THIS takes away from the brilliance of this film. I actually believe this is one of the most beautiful films
ever made. There is surgical dilligence applied to the cinematography. Panoramic sweeps and simple elements like
close-ups of insects are used to give this movie a smooth, lyrical, and almost hallucinagenic effect.
But be aware,
this film is strictly for visual pleasure: the bodies, the desert panorama, etc.Read more ›
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Good example for Gay people... It is all about Love not fight...Published 6 months ago by Willie Mitchell
Aside from the opening sequence, this film serves as that rare example of movie featuring male nudity that rises above porn into art. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Clayton
What a bizarre piece of trash. Absolutely no plot or coherent dialogue. The soldiers training looked like a Monty Python skit. Cheesy production values. Read morePublished 7 months ago by MS
I watched it twice... about 6 months apart. I watched it again because there were certain elements of the film that I enjoyed. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Taylor