Writer/director Tom Kalin nails the pathology of bigotry in his take on the infamous flapper-age trial of Leopold (Craig Chester) and Loeb (Daniel Schlachet); two gay, Jewish, eighteen-year-old intellectuals convicted of the 'thrill killing' of thirteen-year-old Bobby Franks.
As much an aestheticised movie love song to archival-yesteryear delirium as it is a brooding thesis on the antique notion of gays as psychosexual outlaws. Swoon
leaves Hollywood's previous forays into the case - Compulsion
and Hitchcock's Rope
- looking timid by comparison.