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Filmed entirely in vulgar Latin, this experimental film recounts the life of Sebastiane, a puritanical but beautiful Christian soldier in the Roman Imperial troops who is martyred when he refuses the homosexual advances of his pagan captain. When this film was released, it was the only English-made film to have required English subtitles, and it is an early film by the noted experimental and outspokenly homosexual director Derek Jarman, who died in 1994. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A one of a kind film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An out-and-proud Spartacus and a pre-AIDS Beau travail, all in one."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Derek Jarman looks at Sebastian and sees what Botticelli (and Perugino, Reni and Mishima) saw, the lambent space between spiritual and sexual longing"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"[It] treads an almost imperceptible line between using devout fidelity to ratify its source and using rampant infidelity to undermine it."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"The Passion of the Flesh"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
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