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Sebastiane (1976)

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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Cast

Cast overview:
Leonardo Treviglio Leonardo Treviglio ... Sebastian (as Leonard Treviglio)
Barney James Barney James ... Severus
Neil Kennedy Neil Kennedy ... Max
Richard Warwick ... Justin
Donald Dunham Donald Dunham ... Claudius
Ken Hicks Ken Hicks ... Adrian
Janusz Romanov Janusz Romanov ... Anthony
Steffano Massari Steffano Massari ... Marius
Daevid Finbar Daevid Finbar ... Julian
Gerald Incandela Gerald Incandela ... Leopard Boy
Robert Medley Robert Medley ... Emperor Diocletian
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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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

Latin

Release Date:

28 October 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sebastian See more »

Filming Locations:

Cala Domestica, Sardinia, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title is the Latin vocative form of Sebastian's name, and means "O Sebastian!". See more »

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The soldiers play with a modern Frisbee in one scene. When one soldier catches it, the logo appears. See more »

Quotes

Sebastian: His beauty is enhanced by his anger. It is his anger which is devine. His punishments are like Christ's promise. He takes me in his arm and caresses my bleeding body. I want to be with him. I love him.
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Alternate Versions

When shown on British television in the 1980s, a shot of a naked man with the erection was cut out of the film. See more »

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Referenced in Arena: Glitterbug (1994) See more »

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Not for all sensibilities
20 February 2000 | by luciferSee all my reviews

It's a while since I watched this, and what little I do remember is odd, to say the least (it is a Jarman film), so I won't try to go into detail, as I'd probably mis-remember something. All I will say is that it's a definite indicator as to which way Jarman went. Certainly not one for homophobes.

Visually striking (as is typical of Jarman), this film is best known for being the first film to be filmed entirely in Latin (The Holy Office (from Spain) in 1975 had some dialogue in Latin, but also Hebrew), and also for being Jarman's debut feature (he had worked on three pictures beforehand, including Ken Russell's The Devils, but this was his first directing job). As with most of Jarman's work, Sebastiane is very arthouse, and will rarely be played on television (Channel 4 here in the UK last played it a few years ago in a Jarman season). Next time it's on, do as I intend to do, and watch it.


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