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Crazy Love 

Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens

Crazy Love
Directed by: Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens
When nerdy lawyer Burt Pugach spotted beautiful Linda Riss, back in the 1950s, he was smitten. He wined her, dined her, took her flying in his private plane---and then promised Linda he’d divorce his wife. But Burt didn’t, so Linda broke it off and became engaged to someone else. Then Burt hired someone to throw lye in Linda’s face, blinding and disfiguring her. Ah, love. The documentary Crazy Love tells Linda and Burt’s fascinating story, which enthralled newspaper audiences back in the day---and incredibly, didn’t end with the lye-throwing incident. Crazy Love is based on a subject that’s perversely, inherently captivating. Co-directors Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens don’t have to do much to make their movie engrossing---the film holds attention because the tale of Burt and Linda is so absurdly unbelievable (and by consequence, beautifully cinematic). But all the credit for the film’s success can’t be attributed to Burt and Linda. Klores and Stevens have a canny eye for pacing and editing, which is why Crazy Love is so surprising. They’ve carefully arranged the information, making it impossible to anticipate the insane turns of the story. And it takes some doozies. It’s an amazing account of obsession, loneliness, desperation---and possibly love.

Lindsay McCarney

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