New Movies: Sebastian

1984 impinges on 1968—in the aluminum façades of antiseptic buildings, in the whir of computers, and in the human automatons who face their drab jobs with all the relish of zombies. That at least seems to be the view of Sebastian, a film that attempts to analyze the mind-numbing effects of a Pentagonal bureaucracy on a brilliant civil servant.

An Oxford don, Sebastian (Dirk Bogarde) is whacking bad at human relations but so cracking good at puzzle solving that the government employs him to find a cure for the common code used by...

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