Oldest story in the book: Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl because she finds out he's been lying to her face about getting a divorce...

Crazy Love

on June 01, 2007 by Chad Greene
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Oldest story in the book: Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl because she finds out he's been lying to her face about getting a divorce. Boy hires thugs to blind girl by throwing lye into said face. Boy gets sentenced to hard time.

But boy, oh boy, is there a Crazy twist here: Boy gets paroled and…marries girl!

The second straight Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee from director Dan Klores, Crazy Love documents certifiable couple Burt Pugach and Linda Riss Pugach, whose irregular relationship has been chronicled in the headlines of the front pages of New York newspapers since the 1950s.

It all started in 1957, when Burt—an angular, ambulance-chasing attorney—spotted brown-eyed beauty Linda sitting on a park bench.

His reaction: “I gotta have her.”

Her reaction: “I said, ‘What the hell is all this?'”

An audience's initial reaction to the stranger-than-fiction fiasco that followed may be similar to Linda's, but there's no denying that Burt was a flashy fellow—squiring the 15-years-younger woman around town in a powder blue convertible, instructing the house band at his nightclub to play “Linda” whenever she walked in the door. Fans of that old standard will recall its lovelorn lyrics:

But miracles still happen
and when my lucky star begins to shine,
with one lucky break,
I'll make Linda mine.

Crazy Love is proof that miracles do, indeed, still happen—in this case, that these charismatic characters' emotional honesty with not only each other, but also the filmmakers, almost makes sense of their marriage. That, for Burt, taking care of Linda is the only way he can ever really make it up to her, and that, for Linda, letting him do it is “the best revenge.”

Distributor: Magnolia
Cast: Burt Pugach and Linda Riss Pugach
Director: Dan Klores
Producers: Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens
Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG-13 for language, including sexual references, and mature thematic elements
Running time: 92 min.
Release date: June 1, 2007 NY, June 8 ltd
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