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Particularly because many viewers have already seen the TV-news version, almost any other genre would have been even more compelling -- a fictionalized drama, perhaps, or Truman Capote-style narrative non-fiction.
Interviews with Burt and Linda Pugach, the New York couple whose tabloid lives are chronicled in Dan Klores' docu-curio Crazy Love, have been politely nonjudgmental. After seeing the movie, I'd like to say I hate one and pity the other.
In the sense that everyone is interesting once their lives are sufficiently unpacked, Burt and Linda's story is not boring -- but beyond its tabloid sensationalism, it's not especially significant either.
Formally, [director Klores'] film is a standard-issue documentary, combining period footage with talking-head interviews. But his talking heads are a hoot and their story is a Gothic yarn of obsession, crime and forgiveness.
Like any good documentarian (and unlike most publicists), Klores lets us draw our own conclusions. With a tone free of outrage or judgment, he tells the story of Pugach, a successful young lawyer, and Riss, a hottie with a taste for the good life.