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Reassigned to a lowly outpost, a Roman guard's Christian beliefs clash with his gay commander's desire for closeness. Being tortured becomes pleasurable. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Leonardo Treviglio ... Sebastian (as Leonard Treviglio)
Barney James ... Severus
Neil Kennedy ... Max
Richard Warwick ... Justin
Donald Dunham ... Claudius
Ken Hicks ... Adrian
Janusz Romanov ... Anthony
Steffano Massari ... Marius
Daevid Finbar ... Julian
Gerald Incandela ... Leopard Boy
Robert Medley ... Emperor Diocletian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlotte Barnes ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Rufus Barnes ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)

Nell Campbell ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Sally Campbell ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Graham Cracker ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Michael Davis ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Nicholas de Jongh ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Joan de Vere Hunt ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Duggie Fields ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Guy Ford ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)

Peter Hinwood ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Christopher Hobbs ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Jordan ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Lindsay Kemp ... Dancer (uncredited)
Gerlinde Kostiff ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Michael Kostiff ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Ulla Larson-Styles ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Andrew Logan ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Luciana Martínez ... Roman Matron (uncredited)
Alasdair McGaw ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)

Patricia Quinn ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Eric Roberts ... Executioner (uncredited)
Norman Rosenthal ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Johnny Rozsa ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Philip Sayer ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
John Scarlett-Davies ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Rae Spencer-Cullen ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Volker Stokes ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Thilo von Watzdorf ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Harald Waistnage ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Kevin Whitney ... Court Painter (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Humfress 
Derek Jarman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Humfress 
Derek Jarman 
Jack Welch  latin translation
James Whaley 

Produced by
Howard Malin .... producer
James Whaley .... producer
 
Original Music by
Brian Eno 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Middleton 
 
Film Editing by
Paul Humfress 
 
Production Design by
Derek Jarman (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy Ford .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jose Aquon .... titles
Daniel Egan .... props
Christopher Hobbs .... illustrations
Barney Wan .... titles
 
Sound Department
Mike Billing .... dubbing mixer
John Hayes .... sound recordist
Hugh Smith .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerald Incandela .... still photographer
Bob McShane .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Colin Gittens .... assistant editor
Ian Murdoch .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Andrew Thomas Wilson .... composer: dance music
 
Other crew
Jane Fields .... location executive
Lindsay Kemp .... dance choreographer
Lindsay Kemp .... dance performer (as Lindsay Kemp and Troupe)
Luciana Martínez .... location executive
 
Thanks
Ian Kierney .... special thanks
Andrew Logan .... special thanks
Robert Medley .... special thanks
Ferdinando Scarfiotti .... special thanks
Louise Walker .... special thanks
 

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86 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Filmed in Sardinia, near the town of Buggerru.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Quotes:
Justin:You are marvelous and dance like a god.
Sebastian:Not like a god, Justin, but for God.
Justin:Severus understands your dance?
Sebastian:Yes, he understands.
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31 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
9/10, 25 April 2005
Author: desperateliving from Canada

Not being overly familiar with Bible stories or Christian history (and the fact that the opening rolling titles are impossible to read), the factuality of this film will escape me. But Jarman is a visual artist, and his film has more in common with the many paintings of Sebastian than it does with factual storytelling. Jarman's ornate decor can sometimes feel dull and bland -- his films can seem lifeless, bogged down by the set decoration. This calls to mind "Velvet Goldmine," a complex film I didn't care for, even though I love Todd Haynes; I want to like Jarman -- I love his books -- and this is the first film of his that I've been actively enthusiastic about. It has much more to do with sex than history; and it's apolitical and political at the same time.

Consider the film's approach to homosexuality. No one is defined as being a homosexual, so that at first seems like a de-politicization of sex -- all there are are acts, and acts are not political. But at the same time, it's acts that are disdained and made illegal, and without the "political" approach to defining (and thereby defending) people as homosexuals, it leaves the acts open to censorship and condemnation -- politicization. As a film itself, though, it is not pedantic or accusatory -- in fact, Sebastian is killed, it seems, because of the lust of Severus, who he refuses. Like the Christian God who Sebastian loves and sees as more beautiful than Adonis, Severus wants Sebastian. But it isn't just condemning lust, either -- Anthony and Adrian are openly lovers, and the abundance of male nudity, and the eroticism of it by Jarman, could hardly be called prudish. In fact, there is a scene at night of the men grabbing each other, their dark-lit bodies, and the soldier pressing his near-naked, muscled body on his lover, that still seems shocking in its passion today.

It's more like a lyrical tone poem, and Brian Eno's New Age-y score goes well with that. Jarman isn't a bully, and when the crucifying comes around he doesn't bludgeon us -- first we see a close-up of his face, as arrows pierce through Sebastian's skin, silently with the exception of the wind, and Jarman gives us one final distorted image to meditate on the death of the one we can't have. 9/10

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