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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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Storyline

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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,091
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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 »

Goofs

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

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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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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Derek Jarman's lovingly erotic & humanist vision of St Sebastian
29 July 2008 | by alitoscaSee all my reviews

I first saw this when it came out in 1976 & had almost forgotten it. Derek Jarman's first feature film & one of his superlative creations. Intensly erotic and shot with loving attention to the beauty of the male body. The seemingly endless stretches of white sand create an idyllic & almost dreamlike atmosphere. However it also acts as a stark backdrop, that forces our attention onto the only too realistic actions & emotions of this isolated group of soldiers.

The characters are complex and cannot be just categorised into "good" & "evil". Even Severus has repressions which have festered into hatred by being internalised. Saint Sebastian shines on his journey towards piety & to the iconic image of his body pierced with arrows. But Jarman always retains the realistic humanity of this playful, loving and courageous character.

Don't want to harp on the bodies beautiful, but as a general comment it is a rarity to be able to enjoy the male nude. Male film-goers are oversupplied with boobs, bottoms & pubes, while women (half of humanity) usually have to make do with "tastefully posed" shots. Thank God for directors like Derek Jarman, Ken Russell, Pasolini, Fellini & most European film-makers who don't believe the audience will be struck dead if they see a penis.


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