The true story of gay lovers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. who kidnapped and murdered a child in the early 1920s for kicks. The plot covers the months before the crime, the investigation, trial and final fate of the two men.
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Important story but told in an excessively confusing fashion, with very unevenly distributed emphasis. It seems as if the film can't decide whether to be a true crime dramatization, or a sensual, sad story. Either way, it could be a great social drama, and instead, leaves a taste of art-school in one's mouth. (I adored the scene of picking warblers out of his briefs, though.)
"I'm a believer in equal opportunity homicide, I also want to claim the right to kill with rage and murder for irrational reasons and obsessive passion in the same way heterosexuals have had the latitude to do so in the history of storytelling since storytelling has begun." - Tom Kalin
Though it goes beyond Rope and Compulsion in the sense of presenting Leopold & Loeb finally as they were (and out of the Hays Code tradition, so they're finally a couple who share romantic moments instead of implied scenes), Swoon doesn't get near the grandiosity of the classic fictional movies but it's a good film, brilliantly well-acted by the lead actors.