Swoon: Directors Vision Edition

Swoon: Director's Vision Edition

Strand Releasing



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Tom Kalin's Swoon gives the truest account yet of one of the 20th century's most notorious crimes: The 1924 thrill-kill murder of a 13-year-old boy in south-side Chicago by "genius" college students and lovers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. It's the same story that inspired Hitchcock's Rope and Meyer Levin's novel, Compulsion, but Swoon its driving homoeroticism into the daylight (not to mention the Jewishness of both killers and victim). Featuring the legendary Ron Vawter as the prosecuting state's attorney, Swoon flexes its brainy elegance to question the "queerness" of the case, and even extends the story to reveal how each of the imprisoned duo met his eventual death. A former member of New York's ACT UP and the AIDS activist collective Gran Fury, Kalin is bracingly indifferent to the tyranny of "positive images" where same-sex desire is concerned, and Swoon, in its defiance and its lyrical intelligence, stands peerless within the last century's queerly-inclined cinema.

DVD Features

Original theatrical trailer

Commentary track with director Tom Kalin, producer Christine Vachon, cinematographer Ellen Kuras, and actor Craig Chester

Photo gallery of filmmakers and film

Photo gallery of the Leopold & Loeb trial

Original theatrical poster

Unused poster design by Bureau


  • Director: Tom Kalin
  • Producer: Christine Vachon
  • Writer: Tom Kalin
  • Length: 1 hrs. 35 mins.
  • Rating: NR
  • Released: Aug 24 2004
  • Production Year: 2004
  • TLA SKU: 621720
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • UPC Code: 712267241729
  • Catalog #: DV1185532


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In-House Review - Jan 01 1900
The scandalous 1924 murder trial of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb for the inexplicable murder of a young boy is given a slightly tilted, definitely New Queer Cinema treatment in this intriguing feature. Lovers Leopold and Loeb, both intelligent col... Read More

Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
A Monumental Film
Amos Lassen
"Swoon" (Strand Releasing) is not a new film but it is one that if you haven't seen it, you should. If you have seen it, now is time for you to revisit. "Swoon" ushered in the age of what was cal... Read More

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