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Now reappraised as one of the most under-rated films of the 1980s, Crazy Love makes its DVD debut in a stunning High Def transfer from the original negative, laden with extra features. The film tells the story of a mans life through three crucial nights, spread over 20 years. From a love struck teenager to a down & out 30-something, we see him move from dreams to despair. How he changes his life in one final, transcendent act gives the film its title as well as providing us with one of the most unforgettable scenes in recent cinema history.
- Special making-of featurette
- Exclusive video interview with film's director
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Crazy Love tells the story of Harry Voss (a sure-fired stand-in for Bukowski) who is repeatedly referred to as "Harry Frankenstein" for his socially debilitating skin condition. Voss' over-sized and over-ripened acne causes children to stare, adults to look away and classmates to snicker. Bukowski unfortunately suffered this same tribulation in his own life.
Harry Voss' account is revealed over 3 key moments in his life. In the first part of the film he is infatuated with a Princess from a matinee film that he has seen and soon first-handedly discovers his budding sexuality. Moreover his adolescent ideals of love and marriage are not only debunked by his older friend but also crushed by his mother.
From age 12 we are transported 6 years later to Voss' high school graduation, an event he understandably declines to attend due to the unmerciful taunts that he receives from his classmates. A friend invites Voss to the graduation dance and he is only convinced to go after a good healthy round of drinks. Once at the gathering Voss spots the most popular girl in school and attempts asking her to dance.Read more ›
The film is told in three different periods in Harry's life, as a 12-year old, then as a teenager at his highschool prom, and then later in his life when he is older and not much wiser.
While some might see this film as dark, it is a great and powerful film that maintains its roots in a certain reality. It captures the essence of struggling for what someone really wants, but somehow can never have those fires kindled. Yet, the ability to continually survive seems also innate within the human.
As typical with other Mondo Macabro releases, you might expect some wacky and zany film that sat underneath a pile of dirt for years before they exhumed it from some cinematic cemetery. No, this was released in 1987 and won many awards. But it was overshadowed by "Madonna, Sean Penn and Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola." Irregardless, its great to see Mondo on top of things and gives us the opportunity to see such a great piece of world cinema.
The special features round out this DVD well with a "making of" featurette and a video interview with the director. As I mentioned, it was loosely based on Charles Bukowski, however, Bukowski was involved in the making of the film. Accordingly, the ending was changed from the story and to Bukowski's approval. Definitely recommended film viewing.
Taking his cue from stories by cult American author Charles Bukowski, Deruddere's film tells the story of a man's life via three nights, spread over 15 years. We see his hero, Harry Voss, first as a romantic young boy of 12, then as an acne ridden teenager, lost in unrequited love, and finally as a drink sodden drop out, for whom no act is too dreadful to contemplate...with terrible and yet deeply moving consequences.
It's a film that, once seen, is never likely to be forgotten. A film with a unique, bitter sweet and poetic mood that manages to be funny and tragic at the same time. A minor masterpiece, ripe for rediscovery on DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's hard to review this one. I have no complaints with the DVD itself, or the movie really. It's just....well....you've gotta be a big Bukowski fan to like this one. Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by Rich L.
Once seen, never forgotten. The set design, the acting, the photography... everything is incredibly poetic and beautifully, sensitively filmed. Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Timbo