Tuesday, June 18, 2019

By the Gods!

Nicholas Clay and Michael Biehn in THE MARTYRDOM OF ST. SEBASTIAN (1984)

This is an odd film in that it's a German production shot in French with English-speaking actors. It was a TV production. It was quite a daring endeavour back even in the early 1980s. It's one of those stories which starts in contemporary times but ends up in Antiquity. Why is this story-telling plot device so popular with PEPLUM productions? Biehn's other film in 1984: THE TERMINATOR. It was shot in Turkey. The movie is available on Youtube.


Richard Svensson said...

Clay seemed to pop up in an endless stream of historical and period dramas, not surprisingly since he came from a theatrical background filled with classic roles. Biehn went in a totally different direction. He seems to have almost vanished from the movie business nowadays, which is a great pity.

Anonymous said...

There is also the strange Derek Jarman film 'Sebastiane' (1976) with Latin dialogue, filmed in Sardinia.