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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

CRAZY LOVE : A.D.D. Film Review #16


The latest installment in my genre film review series of “people who’s faces are completely bandaged up” is Belgian director Dominique Deruddere’s 1986 masterpiece CRAZY LOVE. Based on Bukowski’s novel THE COPULATING MERMAID OF VENICE, CA….this is an overlooked must-see from the 1980’s. It was highly praised by Coppola at the time (no wonder, that was roughly the time that Coppola was producing another Bukowski- laced feature: BARFLY).
Warning: this film is not for everybody, and the ending may be too much for some….It’s a tragic tale of unrequited love, and the superb direction really stands out. It’s dialogue- light, and is a textbook in telling a story visually. This is what filmmaking has traditionally been, a visual story telling, that can’t be captured in words alone. Deruddere is no doubt, a student of silent cinema, and I haven’t seen such amazing communication with the face since D.W. Griffith’s 1919 classic BROKEN BLOSSOMS. Directed by Dominique Deruddere, Belgium, 1986, Color. On DVD.

OOOOO five out of five empty film cans

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