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Sebastiane [DVD]

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  • Actors: Leonardo Treviglio, Barney James, Neil Kennedy, Richard Warwick, Donald Dunham
  • Directors: Derek Jarman, Paul Humfress
  • Writers: Derek Jarman, Paul Humfress, James Whaley, Jack Welch
  • Producers: Howard Malin, James Whaley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun. 2001
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JI0R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,286 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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DVD Special Bonus Feature:

Face to Face: Derek Jarman in conversation with Jeremy Isaacs. This interview, which is part of the Art and Craft of Movie making Season was originally broadcast by the BBC on 15 March 1993, less than one year before the death of Derek Jarman.

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The first and only film shot entirely in subtitled Latin, Sebastiane is Derek Jarman's first work as a director (though he shared the job with the less well-known Paul Humfress) and is a strange combination of gay nudie movie, pocket-sized Ancient Roman epic and meditation upon the image of Saint Sebastian. It opens with the Lindsay Kemp dance troupe romping around with huge fake phalluses to represent the Ken Russell-style decadence of the court of the Emperor Diocletian in AD 303, then decamps to Tuscany as Diocletian's favourite guard Sebastian (Leonardo Treviglio) is demoted to ordinary soldier and dispatched to a backwater barracks because the Emperor (Robert Medley) suspects him of being a covert Christian. The bulk of the film consists of athletic youths in minimal thongs romping around the countryside, soaking themselves down between bouts of manly horseplay or sylvan frolic. It all comes to a bad end as the lecherous but guilt-ridden commanding officer Severus (Barney James) fails to cop off with Sebastian and instead visits floggings and tortures upon his naked torso, finally ordering his men to riddle the future saint with arrows, thus securing him a place in cultural history. The public schoolboy cleverness of scripting dialogue in Latin--a popular soldier's insult is represented by the Greek "Oedipus"--works surprisingly well, with the cast reeling off profane Roman dialogue as if it were passionate Italian declarations rather than marbled classical sentences. The film suffers from the not-uncommon failing that the best-looking actor is given the largest role but delivers the weakest performance: Treviglio's Sebastian is a handsome cipher, far less interesting than the rest of the troubled, bullying, awkward or horny soldiers in the platoon. Peter Hinwood, famous for the title role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, can be glimpsed in the palace orgy. The countryside looks as good as the cast, and Brian Eno delivers an evocative, ambient-style score. --Kim Newman

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