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Crazy Love (2007/Magnolia)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Documentary: C



Linda Pugash had the lover from hell in Burt Pugash, who was so obsessed with her that he eventually threw acid in her face when he thought he was losing her to another man.  The sick, dysfunctional, sad, ugly rollercoaster ride is awful and that it became early tabloid fodder speaks volumes of yellow journalism.  Writer/director Dan Klores tells their story in his new documentary Crazy Love (2007) bout the rise and fall of this messy affair.


Unfortunately, not only does it offer zero insight into these people other than showing them as two-dimensional, it uses editing, dark humor, classic hit songs and a style that apes Martin Scorsese Gangster films throughout to tell the story in a way that makes it a celebrated ugliness and a cartoon.  The result is a long, often obnoxious 92 minutes that goes on and on, turning serious problems into one extended joke.  Wallowing in events is not good journalism and does not make a good documentary either.  The result is a curio at best you will get quickly bored with, unless you like to wallow too.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is mixed with old and new footage, originating on digital video of some kind, but likely not HD.  The Dolby Digital 5.1` and 2.0 Stereo mixes are as well-recorded as expected, but surrounds are limited to music and interviews can have audio flaws.  Extras include Linda’s Art Gallery, deleted interviews, prison letters to Linda and co-director audio commentary.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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