Wayne Coyne Screening 'The Night Porter' in Durham

You'll likely never hear Wayne Coyne and the word "ordinary" used in the same sentence.

Coyne, the wonderfully weird and creatively brilliant frontman of The Flaming Lips, is coming to the Carolina Theatre of Durham for the first of a series of artist film screenings in conjunction with the Modern School of Film's Film:Acoustic series. Others will be announced as they are booked.

Coyne will host a 40th anniversary screening and discussion of The Night Porter at the Theatre on December 15. After the film, Coyne will discuss cinema with Modern School of Film founder and Duke grad Robert Milazzo in front of the live audience in Fletcher Hall.

The disturbing subject matter of Coyne's selection — "a concentration camp survivor (Charlotte Rampling) discovers her former torturer and lover (Dirk Bogarde) working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna" — should provoke stirring discussion and dialogue.

Coyne told the Indy this week that he only recently began to comprehend the film's odd themes:

“I think I finally got it, but I’m not really sure. There is something about The Night Porter that is subtle but completely ****ked up and unsettling,” he says. “Unless you know what it is that’s going on, I don’t think it’s that apparent in the movie itself.”

Previous Film:Acoustic events in New York, Los Angeles and other cities have included Jack White screening Citizen Kane, Perry Farrell screening Drugstore Cowboy, Feist screening Night of the Hunter and many more. It's the first time this highly regarded series has come to the Triangle Region.

Attendees of the Film:Acoustic event can expect one the most interesting evenings ever held at our historic venue. It certainly won't be ordinary.

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