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Crazy Love

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Source: Catholic News Service

Perversely engrossing documentary charts how a married, ambulance-chasing lawyer fixated on a 20 year-old Bronx receptionist, wooed her, then had someone blind and disfigure her with lye in 1959 when she became engaged to another, only to marry her after serving 14 years in prison for the crime. Director Dan Klores conducts extensive on-camera interviews with the still-married couple as viewers are left to evaluate if this is just a bizarre story of obsession and co-dependency or one of enduring love and forgiveness. Intermittent violent, suicidal and sexual references, an instance of rough language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. (PG-13) 2007

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Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus: The actions of these two influential Jewish leaders give insight into the charismatic power of Jesus and his teachings—and the risks that could be involved in following him.
<p><b>Joseph</b> was a respected, wealthy civic leader who had become a disciple of Jesus. Following the death of Jesus, Joseph obtained Jesus' body from Pilate, wrapped it in fine linen and buried it. For these reasons Joseph is considered the patron saint of funeral directors and pallbearers. More important is the courage Joseph showed in asking Pilate for Jesus' body. Jesus was a condemned criminal who had been publicly executed. According to some legends, Joseph was punished and imprisoned for such a bold act.
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