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Culture Club Presents “Swoon” (1992)

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 29, 2009

“Tuesdays at the Gish,” a film series sponsored by The Culture Club, in association with the Department of Theatre and Film, continues tonight (Tuesday September 29, 2009) with a screening of Tom Kalin’s’s Swoon (1992).

In 1924, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two young thrill-seekers obsessed with planning and committing the “perfect crime,” kidnapped and murdered a 14-year-old boy. Their scandalous story has been endlessly adapted for stage and screen, but few of these adaptations are as audacious as Swoon, the feature-length debut of writer/director Tom Kalin. Swoon became a landmark film in the “New Queer Cinema” movement of the early 1990s due, in part, to the ways in which Kalin interrogates how the news media, lawmakers, and even scientists “blamed” Leopold and Loeb’s murderous behavior on their homosexuality and how the vestiges of this homophobia remain with us today.

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall.

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