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Crazy Love [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Josse De Pauw , Geert Hunaerts , Dominique Deruddere    DVD
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  • Actors: Josse De Pauw, Geert Hunaerts, Michael Pas, Gene Bervoets, Amid Chakir
  • Directors: Dominique Deruddere
  • Writers: Dominique Deruddere, Charles Bukowski, Marc Didden
  • Producers: Alain Keytsman, Erwin Lestabel, Erwin Provoost, Jan Verheyen
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Dutch, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Mondo Macabre
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00061Q9GC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,774 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Bukowski Film Adaption 29 May 2010
By MarkW
This film adaption combines three Bukowski short stories to form a brilliant single story told as three episodes in the life of a single character: Innocent child, disallusioned adolescent, and alcoholic adult. It fits together so well it just seems made to be a single story. At times uncomfortable, but with some fantastic images this is a great film. Warning though, the film touches on some possibly taboo areas - though very sensitively done - so perhaps one for the more broadminded. When it came out in the cinema one of the reviews said "you won't see this one on TV". If you like Bulkowski you will know what to expect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Stylish 27 Oct 2004
By Christopher W. Curry - Published on
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. He doesn't have the nerve and retreats to the lavatory in order to regain his composure. In an act of desperation Voss completely wraps his head with tissues leaving only a tiny slit for his languid yet passionate eyes to be seen. Resembling Claude Rains from The Invisible Man, Voss lends his hand to the girl in question and she accepts the offer to dance. Certainly the idea of Voss looking like The Invisible Man versus the notion that he would sometimes rather be an invisible man did not elude the makers of this film. To be sure this bizarre dream-like sequence leaves the viewer wondering if it ever really happened at all.

Finally, in his 30's, disillusioned from alcoholism and suffering miserably from a broken heart, Harry Voss ends his quest for love by copulating with a female cadaver. Harry, thinking that the corpse is the Princess from his childhood fantasies, marries and then commits suicide with his new bride by walking forever into the sea.

Deruddere approaches this difficult subject matter with a stylistic finesse seldom seen in a first time director. In fact in America it is virtually unheard of, but the film commission in Belgium differs greatly from that of Hollywood's (just watch the "making of featurette" to get a clearer view of the differences). Deruddere masterfully orchestrates a fantastic piece of cinema that in the hands of a lesser director would have either been a pity-party or a freak show (or both) but instead it is a film that will inspire emotions of understanding and humility.

This Mondo Macabro release has some great extra features including: A "making of" documentary, an interview with the film's director and optional English subtitles.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Masterpiece 9 Mar 2004
By A. Starke - Published on
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film from Bukowski work 27 Nov 2008
By rareoopdvds - Published on
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very memorable 25 Feb 2009
By Cstro - Published on
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good film for Bukowski fans-please read the full review. 18 July 2013
By Rich L. - Published on
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It's hard to review this one. I have no complaints with the DVD itself, or the movie really. It's've gotta be a big Bukowski fan to like this one. For starters, it tries to sum up the Bukowski experience in 3 short segments linked together as a movie. A very hard feat. Another factor is that it's a Belgian movie, so it's subtitled. I have no problem with foreign movies and subtitles, but this can provie to be an obstacle for some viewers. Overall, it's like trying to merge excerpts from "Ham On Rye" with his later (70's) life. Interesting, and not bad, but it's for Buk die-hards. It's more interesting than "Barfly", but at the same time, if you're not familiar with Buk's work, you may find it hard to follow.
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