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Sebastiane (Blu-ray)

Directed by : Derek Jarman, Paul Humfress
Crew : Paul Humfress , Peter Middleton , Brian Eno , Howard Malin , James Whaley
Available Date : 08/07/2012
Release Year : 1976
Running Time : 85
UPC : 738329100926
Country : U.K.
Language: Latin with optional English subtitles
Subject : Religion & Spirituality, Gender & Sexuality, Film and Media Studies - Cult, LGBTQ
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Derek Jarman's (Caravaggio) feature film debut (co-directing with Paul Humfress), SEBASTIANE is a "one of a kind" (Time Out London) historical drama which lays bare the latent homoeroticism that has always lurked beneath the glossy surface of Hollywood biblical epics. Telling the story of the martyrdom of St. Sebastian in the same way that Italian Renaissance painters used the image of Sebastian to eroticize the male nude, Jarman depicts both earthly lust and spiritual yearning with "an honesty and directness that's the absolute opposite of camp." (The Guardian).

Stripped of rank and exiled to a remote Sardinian outpost, Roman soldier and suspected Christian Sebastian becomes the object of his commanding officer aggressive desire. As Sebastian turns his back on his fellow soldiers in favor of his own mystical longings, the sun-bleached Mediterranean idyll becomes a psycho-sexual hothouse where lust sets the stage for a shocking tableau of death and martyrdom.

Audaciously spoken in Latin and supported by one of cult composer Brian Eno's best music scores, SEBASTIANE is both a milestone of British independent film and a pioneering work of queer cinema.

Publish Date : 2014-04-04
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  • Derek Jarman - Director
  • Paul Humfress - Director
  • Derek Jarman - Writer
  • James Whaley - Writer
  • Leonard Treviglio - Actor
  • Barney James - Actor
  • Richard Warwick - Actor
  • Neil Kennedy - Actor
  • Paul Humfress - Executive Producer
  • Peter Middleton - Cinematographer
  • Brian Eno - Composer
  • Howard Malin - Producer
  • James Whaley - Producer


"Visually stunning." - David Robinson, The London Times

"An exceptionally promising first feature...striking and original." - Derek Malcom, The Guardian

"A robustly made bit of cinema." - Alexander Walker, The London Evening Standard

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