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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Censored Film!
Buyers should be aware that the DVD as released here is the censored version, as distributed over thirty years ago! The basic content / narrative remain the same, although this version loses some of the original intensity.
Published on 13 Sep 2008 by Paul Goodey

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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit tired
I bought this as I remember seeing it on Channel 4 when it was first broadcast, causing a bit of a stir. So I thought it would be interesting to see it on my big screen TV.

Time has moved on and although it is still interesting it does feels a bit dated and contrived.
Published on 17 April 2009 by Mr. J. Wilson


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25 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit self-indulgent, 26 Aug 2002
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sebastiane [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Er, a this movie is a classic and carries meaning on many levels, but I found it a bit self-indulgent and overbearing at times. Some of the scenes are just too idyllic in a silly “swords & sandals” type of way, while the poor Sebastian so obviously wants to be martyred that I soon lost my empathy with him. And the captain who lusts after him is just too obviously of the sadist type that cannot distinguish his power lust from his desire. Some beautiful shots, though, and it is worth seeing. There is something awkward about the film, however, that makes it less than perfect. It is as if Jarman didn’t keep enough distance between himself and his work, or he tried too hard to make a “European Art Film.”
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3.0 out of 5 stars Romans without Hollywood accents, 31 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Sebastiane [DVD] (DVD)
Sebastiane is a rather controversial movie but for those who wish to build up an eclectic library of DVDs then it would be a useful addition.

The film is famous of course for the graphic and cold brutality of the final scene. Overall though it's actually a rather slow film as it follows the tribulations (including boredom) of a group of Roman soldiers in the hot and barren Mediterranean countryside. Essentially, it charts the day-to-day happenings of the group and how they ended up executing the title character in such dramatic fashion (with multiple arrow shots from very close range).

Some characters are particularly annoying (e.g. Max) but what would you expect from a bunch of squaddies thrown together in baking heat at close quarters? The film doesn't omit the famous Roman sordid sense of humour either and has its moments of innuendo.

It's interesting that it's all in Latin and this is what the famous Roman Army actually sounded like.
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointment, 17 Jan 2012
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the intention is good and beautiful ; but a good intention is not a good movie ; this one has all the blunders of films from this period : he looks a quality "art et essai" but the actors do not play well, the scenario is low, there is no rhythm, the emotion aesthetic or erotic are absent, we do not believe the characters, it is impossible to believe their feelings ; this might evoke Pasolini, but where when he is least good ; that's a pity , it is a good subject that could have been treated well ; but, put back in its day it is a bold and courageous film, but the weakness of the form and the awkwardness of the actors and the setting stage do you feel that unfortunately most of boredom. Very characteristic is the first scene that wants to show a Roman orgy : it seems a sad party Saturday night in a small apartment in the suburbs. I am sorry to be, may be, so tough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best homoerotic film ever, 1 Oct 2010
This review is from: Sebastiane [DVD] (DVD)
Have watched this film a few times and each time I seem to enjoy it more and more. A very good homoerotic film and I think one of Derek Jarman's best.
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2.0 out of 5 stars My review, 3 Feb 2010
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Mmm didnt realise was subtilted story line was weak and didnt really understand the film
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