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Movie Review: Crazy Love

Alternate Title: Love is Blind

Story: New Yorkers of a certain age (that would be me) surely remember the headline grabbing tormented (and demented) story of Linda Riss and Burt Pugach when he arranged for some thugs to have acid thrown in her face in the summer of 1959. Think about the media attention of Joey Buttafucco and Amy Fisher and you have an idea of the sensationalism surrounding this story at the time.

Director and Uber public relations guy, Dan Klores has brought this crazy love story to the screen in an enthralling documentary. Klores had total access to Riss and Pugach and they were more than willing to tell their 50 year story for themselves.

Long story short, Burt (who was married) fell head over heels for young Linda and smothered her with promises of a rich and carefree life. When she discovered he was already married she spurned him. He quickly evolved into the definition of a stalker (these were the days before retraining orders) and decided if he could not have Linda, nobody would. The acid incident eventually blinded her and a sensational court case followed. It was a media frenzy for years.

I am not going to tell you the convoluted details of their relationship and how it progressed following his jail time but I guarantee you will be scratching your head, dropping your jaw and smiling quite a bit.

Check out this crazy love story for yourself. If it were not true it would fall into the comedy and tragedy genre of film.

Love is blind and in this case deaf and dumb as well.

Acting: It is a documentary, so no acting is called for but these two characters and some of the talking heads come directly out of central casting

Predilection: I remember this story well and was, like everyone else, captured by the nuttiness at the time.

Critters: None

Food: File footage of decades old birthday cakes.

Soundtrack: A fabulous soundtrack to make you tap your feet and suck you through the warp of time.

Visual Art: The time warp gave us great visuals of the trendy art on the walls, the beehives and the leisure suits, oh my.

Theater Audience: I thought it would be more crowded than it was on opening weekend.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 5

Squirm Scale: 0

Predictability Level: I had forgotten the end of the story so it was a bit of a surprise to see what happened to this oddball couple.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Give yourself a quirky treat and check it out on the big screen.

Length: 90 minutes