Swoon: Director's Vision Edition

Strand Releasing   (2004) / Region 1
Swoon: Directors Vision Edition

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Swoon: Director's Vision Edition

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 f-rces 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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Aug 02 2004
  • Production Year 2004
  • Empire SKU 621720
  • UPC Code 712267241729
  • Studio  Strand Releasing
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL


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


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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