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Clicking and Streaming: Derek Jarman's art porn tone poem 'Sebastiane'

Clicking and Streaming: Derek Jarman's art porn tone poem 'Sebastiane'

St. Sebastian, as painted by Botticelli, Rubens, and Titian, just to name a few, is easily the most bonerific of the Christian martyrs. It is this inarguable fact that fuels Derek Jarman’s totally hawt, historically neo-realist, and radical take on the story of a Roman soldier revealed to be a Christian and thus executed.  Jarman’s Sebastiane (Leonardo Treviglio) is a queer conundrum. He denies his fellow Roman soldiers’ sexual advances, possibly because he’s straight or maybe a masochist (denial is its own pleasure, especially when you’re punished for it as gloriously as Sebastiane is punished, tied to a stake, penetrated by arrows), but probably because...

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