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Crazy Love 

The love affair at the center of the documentary Crazy Love is crazy in a Joey Buttafuoco-Amy Fisher, you-can't-make-this-stuff-up kind of way, but the Long Island mechanic and the teenager never lived up to the tabloid standard set by this couple. Crazy Love traces the illicit, decades-long relationship that started when rich and married attorney Burton Pugach met the beautiful 20-year-old Linda Riss in 1957. Their affair hit the New York tabloids in the summer of 1959 when he hired a thug to throw lye in her face to keep her from marrying anyone else. It gave the phrase "love is blind" an entirely new meaning, because that was just the beginning of their long, strange relationship. Told through carefully chosen photographs, news clips, video and even interviews with Riss and Pugach themselves, Crazy Love may be the perfect flick for anyone who thinks a love story should pack a thriller's punch. The CAC and the New Orleans Film Society present the movie as part of its monthly film series. Tickets $7 general admission, $5 CAC/NOFS members. -- Lauren LaBorde

7:30 p.m. Wed., July 11

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800;

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