Crazy Love

Crazy Love

Director: Dan Klores

Cast: Dan Klores, Bob Janoff, Linda Riss Pugach, Burt Pugach

     
 
Filmmaker Dan Klores recounts the true story of one of the most bizarre romances of the 20th century in this documentary. In 1957, Linda Riss was a receptionist in her early twenties who bore a striking resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor, while attorney Burt Pugach was married and in his mid-thirties. That

Overview

Filmmaker Dan Klores recounts the true story of one of the most bizarre romances of the 20th century in this documentary. In 1957, Linda Riss was a receptionist in her early twenties who bore a striking resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor, while attorney Burt Pugach was married and in his mid-thirties. That didn't stop Pugach from falling in love with Riss on first sight when he saw her walking past her home in the Bronx, and he quickly asked her out on a date. Riss accepted, and continued to see Pugach even after she discovered he had a wife. However, after a year of wining and dining, Riss broke off the affair, convinced that Pugach would never divorce, but continue to string her along. Pugach desperately tried to convince Riss to give him a second chance and began stalking her, but when that failed and he learned she had decided to wed someone else, he told her, "If I can't have you, no one else will have you, and when I get through with you, no one else will want you." Pugach's statement was no idle threat -- a thug hired by Pugach threw lye into Riss' face in order to scar her for life, and ended up blinding her in one eye. The crime earned Pugach a 15-to-30-year prison sentence, but less than a year after he was released on parole, a peculiar thing happened -- Linda Riss and Burt Pugach got married. Crazy Love (aka Love Is in the Air) shares the details of this very strange love affair, and how this extremely unlikely couple has stayed together for 30 years.

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The aptly titled documentary Crazy Love is fascinating under any circumstances, but it's even better the less you know about it. In fact, it's best if you come in knowing only this: two New Yorkers, a lawyer and the young receptionist who catches his eye, get embroiled in a perverse definition of romantic love that spans five decades, full of twists and turns that are almost unimaginable. Once that description gets you in the door, it's best to just sit back and take it all in. Most viewers will know many of the film's plot points before watching, either because they remember the events playing out in the New York tabloids, or because they read a synopsis of the film that revealed too much. But co-directors Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens are exceptionally committed to keeping things suspenseful, taking pains to structure Crazy Love so that each new development has maximum impact on the viewer -- even down to their strategies for how to interview Burt Pugach, Linda Riss, and a variety of their acquaintances, so as not to give away the current status of their toxic relationship. What's really fascinating, watching the interviews, is how sane these people seem relative to the insane behavior on display throughout -- which eventually calls into question something we should be able to take for granted, namely, their status as reliable witnesses to their own lives. This does not detract from, but, rather, enhances the viewing experience. In fact, one of the film's chief pleasures is watching the interviews with the tangential players, whose reactions to these events are more in line with the typical audience member's response: shocked, bemused, or angered by the things Burt and Linda have said and done. Part freak show, part heart-breakingly human, Crazy Love is an engrossing cinematic experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2007
UPC:
0876964000970
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Magnolia
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
49,376

Special Features

Commentary with director Don Klores and Burt & Linda Pugach; But's passioin letters to Linda; Deleted scenes; Linda's art gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Janoff Participant
Linda Riss Pugach Participant
Burt Pugach Participant
Rusty Goldberg Participant
Jimmy Breslin Participant
Rita Kessler Participant
Janet Pomerantz Participant
Margaret Powers Participant
Berry Stainbeck Participant

Technical Credits
Dan Klores Director,Producer
Brian Chin Musical Direction/Supervision
Douglas J. Cuomo Score Composer
Lisa Daly Animator
Michell Dunn Consultant/advisor
Fabian Garcia Makeup
Libby Geist Associate Producer
Marlena Grzaslewicz Sound/Sound Designer
Wolfgang Held Cinematographer
Jake Bandman Associate Producer
Eydhe Marie Martinez Makeup
John Miller-Monzon Co-producer
J. Ralph Songwriter
Claudia Raschke-Robinson Cinematographer
Trevor Sias Animator
Claudette Sierra Consultant/advisor
Ira Spiegel Sound/Sound Designer
Fisher Stevens Producer
Jason E. Stoff Animator
Marco Valentin Animator
David Zieff Co-producer,Editor
David Ziegg Co-producer,Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Crazy Love
1. Love at First Sight [5:08]
2. Childhood [4:57]
3. Burt & Linda [3:39]
4. On the Side [3:01]
5. Courting [6:30]
6. A Fantasy [7:08]
7. A New Love [7:06]
8. Blinded [7:42]
9. A Life on Her Own [5:39]
10. Trial [4:25]
11. A Lawyer in Prison [6:17]
12. Letters From Prison [5:24]
13. Bleak [5:59]
14. Together Again [3:46]
15. Up to His Old Tricks [12:05]
16. End Credits [2:51]

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