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Crazy Love (1987)

Josse De Pauw , Geert Hunaerts , Dominique Deruddere  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josse De Pauw, Geert Hunaerts, Michael Pas, Gene Bervoets, Amid Chakir
  • Directors: Dominique Deruddere
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Danish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Mondo Macabro
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00061Q9GC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crazy Love" on IMDb

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  • Special making-of featurette
  • Exclusive video interview with film's director

Editorial Reviews

Oscar ® nominated director Dominique Deruddere’s film is a darkly disturbing fairy tale for adults. On its original US release, the film was championed by Madonna, Sean Penn and GODFATHER director Francis Coppola. But it proved too controversial for mass acceptance and never got the recognition it deserved.

Now reappraised as one of the most under-rated films of the 1980’s, 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 man’s 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.

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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Stylish October 27, 2004
Crazy Love is a Belgian film based partially on The Copulating Mermaid of Venice, California and Ham on Rye, both stories fantastically penned by the inimitable Charles Bukowski. Crazy Love also marks the directorial debut of Dominique Deruddere (Everybody's Famous and Wait Until Spring, Bandini) and the feature film introduction of Josse de Pauw (Hombres Complicados and S.). While Crazy Love has been consistently affirmed by critics and viewers alike the film has proven much too controversial for mainstream acceptance and has remained virtually unknown even with Francis Ford Coppola and Pop singer Madonna fighting for its cause.

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.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Masterpiece March 9, 2004
When it exploded onto screens in the mid 1980's, first time director Dominique Deruddere's film CRAZY LOVE divided critics and audiences as few films before or since. Those who loved it, did so with a passion; those who hated it, thought it one of the most disgusting things they'd seen in a long time. On its US release, the film was championed by Madonna, Sean Penn and Francis Ford Coppola. But ultimately it proved too controversial for mass acceptance, and never received the recognition it deserved. Now reappraised as one of the most underrated films of the 1980's, CRAZY LOVE makes its DVD debut in a stunning new anamorphic HD transfer from the original negative.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film from Bukowski work November 27, 2008
From Flemish director Dominique Deruddere is this strange coming-of-age film based loosely on a Charles Bukowski short story. The film is of Harry Voss, who, at the age of 12, discovering his sexual awareness. He is befriended by his neighborhood friend who wants to show him the ways of women. Together they go out, explore and try to meet women. At 12, Harry is scared, shy, uncertain to make any real advancement.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very memorable February 25, 2009
By Cstro
I saw this movie in 1987. The story has stayed with me for 22 years. It was heartbreaking. I wish people in the U.S. had access to it.
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