Reassigned to a lowly outpost, a Roman guard's Christian beliefs clash with his gay commander's desire for closeness. Being tortured becomes pleasurable.
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Leonardo Treviglio ...
Sebastian (as Leonard Treviglio)
Barney James ...
Neil Kennedy ...
Max
Richard Warwick ...
Donald Dunham ...
Claudius
Ken Hicks ...
Adrian
Janusz Romanov ...
Anthony
Steffano Massari ...
Marius
Daevid Finbar ...
Julian
Gerald Incandela ...
Robert Medley ...
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300 A.D. : the Roman Sebastianus is exiled to a remote outpost populated exclusively by men. Weakened by their desires, these men turn to homosexual activities to satisfy their needs. However, Sebastianus becomes the target of lust for a homosexual centurion, but he rejects the man's advances. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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For added realism, the script was taken to a classics scholar, who translated the script's erotic language into common Latin. See more »

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It takes a full minute for Sebastian to pour his jug of water onto himself, a seemingly long and impossibly protracted amount of time. He finally sets the jug down but then proceeds to continue his shower with water hitting him from somewhere overhead. (Presumably he had just trained the desert air how to accommodate him by demonstrating a desired effect, and the desert air obliges by squeezing copious amounts of water from itself to wash him.) See more »

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Sebastian: His eyes are so beautiful. He has sky-blue eyes.
Justin: What is this? What are you talking about?
Sebastian: His hair is like the sun's rays.
Justin: Sebastian...
Sebastian: His body is golden like molten gold. This hand of his... will smooth away these wounds. Justin, he is as beautiful as the sun. This sun which caresses me... is his burning desire. He is Phoebus Apollo. The sun... is his... burning kiss.
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Referenced in The Gospel According to St Derek (2014) See more »

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Odd film, not for the conservative audience
15 April 2004 | by (Boulder, Colorado) – See all my reviews

"Sebastiane" is fairly unique in film history, at least prior to Gibson's "The Passion," for its exclusive (and historically correct) use of Latin. That said, it was also a ground-breaker for its sensitive and frank depiction of homosexual desire in a film intended for the non-pornographic market. Potential viewers should be aware that the same-sex sexual content is quite explicit, and that the film would have an NC-17 rating if released in the US today. The film was shot entirely on location in (if I recall correctly) North Africa, and the arid, nearly tree-less landscape lends itself to the storyline quite well. Costuming is minimal, limited to loincloths, helmets, greaves, and gauntlets. The acting is somewhat stiff, probably the result of speaking a "dead" language. But without question, if you are a fan of Derek Jarman and his work, this is a film that should not be missed, if you can find it. I have never seen it on any seller's lists in the US. My own tape of it was obtained in Europe.


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