Sebastiane

 

In Latin with English subtitles.

 

Derek Jarman’s Sebastiane works brilliantly on many levels – cinematic, psychological, spiritual, aesthetic, even political – but what may strike you first is the vividness of the ancient world it depicts, captured with an authenticity matched by few films. Despite a brief, over-the-top prologue at the glitteringly decadent court of Diocletian (he shuns his “favorite,” Sebastian, Captain of the Palace Guard, for defending a Christian accused of arson – similar to canonical accounts), and its subtle compositional use of famous Renaissance paintings of St. Sebastian (by Mantegna, Reni, and others), the film feels like lived experience. [Source: Jim’s Reviews]

 

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