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Filmmaker Dan Klores recounts the true story of one of the most bizarre romances of the 20th century in this documentary. In 1957, Linda Riss was a receptionist in her early twenties who bore a striking resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor, while attorney Burt Pugach was married and in his mid-thirties. That didn't stop Pugach from falling in love with Riss on first sight when he saw her walking past her home in the Bronx, and he quickly asked her out on a date. Riss accepted, and continued to see Pugach even after she discovered he had a wife. However, after a year of wining and dining, Riss broke off the affair, convinced that Pugach would never divorce, but continue to string her along. Pugach desperately tried to convince Riss to give him a second chance and began stalking her, but when that failed and he learned she had decided to wed someone else, he told her, "If I can't have you, no one else will have you, and when I get through with you, no one else will want you." Pugach's statement was no idle threat -- a thug hired by Pugach threw lye into Riss' face in order to scar her for life, and ended up blinding her in one eye. The crime earned Pugach a 15-to-30-year prison sentence, but less than a year after he was released on parole, a peculiar thing happened -- Linda Riss and Burt Pugach got married. Crazy Love (aka Love Is in the Air) shares the details of this very strange love affair, and how this extremely unlikely couple has stayed together for 30 years. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 1, 2007

Awards

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Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Dan Klores Best Documentary 2007 Winner

Crew

Dan Klores
Director
Dan Klores
Producer
Fisher Stevens
Producer
Wolfgang Held
Cinematographer
J. Ralph
Songwriter
David Zieff
Editor
David Zieff
Co-producer
John Miller-Monzon
Co-producer
Jake Bandman
Associate Producer
Libby Geist
Associate Producer
Marlena Grzaslewicz
Sound/Sound Designer
Ira Spiegel
Sound/Sound Designer
Claudette Sierra
Consultant/advisor
Trevor Sias
Animator
Lisa Daly
Animator
Marco Valentin
Animator
Paul Vazquez
Recording
Max Warmflash
Post Production Assistant
Fisher Stevens
Co-Director
Dan Stevenson
Production Assistant
Edie Brickell
Musical Performer
Amy Kessler
Assistant Editor
Roseanna Zweig
Assistant to the Director
William Rexer II
Additional Cinematography
Robert Warmflash
Post Production Supervisor
Tai Uhlmann
Supervising Animator
Fabian Garcia
Makeup
Fabian Garcia
Hair Styles
Manny Alvarez
Additional Cinematography
Joan Baird
Assistant to the Director
Rich White
Additional Cinematography
Noora Niskanen
Assistant Editor
John Miller-Monzon
Research
Mike Winton
Production Assistant
Andy Kris
Re-Recording Mixer
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