Cinematography by Ellen Kuras
Damon R. Young is an associate professor of French and Film & Media at UC Berkeley, and the author of Making Sex Public and Other Cinematic Fantasies.
Daniel Schlachet, Craig Chester, Ron Vawter, Michael Kirby,
The only three-time winner of Sundance’s cinematography award, renowned cinematographer Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Summer of Sam) made her fiction debut with Tom Kalin’s atmospheric black-and-white 1992 revisiting of the notorious 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case, which was also the basis for Hitchcock’s Rope. Wealthy, intellectual, Jewish, and gay, Leopold and Loeb abducted and murdered a fourteen-year-old boy, ostensibly to demonstrate their superiority over others; their trial was the sensation of the decade. “This stylish and provocative film remains one of the best examples of the ‘New Queer Cinema’ and of US independent filmmaking in the ’90s” (Marc Siegel, Berlinale Forum).