Swing Kids (1993) short review


This is a tough one to review!  On the one hand, this is definitely an oversimplification of Nazism in late 1930s Germany and an overemphasis on teenage resistance to the movement, and yet… the dancing is just FABULOUS.  I don’t think I’ve seen a better dance movie!  Plus the costumes are quite well done, especially the late ’30s suits on the male characters. If you can accept that they’re pitching to a young audience and ignore some heavy handedness, you’ll quite enjoy it for the dancing alone.  Plus Christian Bale is too cute.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

One Response