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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit self-indulgent, 26 Aug. 2002
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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