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Screen: Special Showings

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

When: Sat., June 25, 8 p.m. 2016

SATURDAY, JUNE 25

THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER: REIMAGINED

You don't watch a Peter Greenaway film so much as you swim in it, basking in worlds that seem to consist solely of candlelight wickedly caressing crushed velvet and swag drapes in bloody crimson hues. Within these plush fishbowls, the most elegant people do the most outrageous things. Adultery, torture, scatology, cannibalism, it's all on the table—quite literally in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, the British arch-formalist's 1989 film about ... oh, forget the plot. Tim Carless has. At The ArtsCenter, he'll perform a live score for an hour-long edit of the film (with Greenaways's blessing), having given similar treatments to Buster Keaton and Frank Capra in the past. Greenaway is always hard to pin down; the best Wikipedia can do for The Cook is "a romantic black comedy crime drama." Suffice it to say it's about the line between things one should and should not eat, luridly blurred—and about ogling lavish costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier. Carless, a guitarist and pianist, will be joined by bassist Casey Toll and percussionist Daniel Hall; arrive at 7 p.m. for a wine tasting with De Maison Selections before the 8:15 performance. —Brian Howe

THE ARTSCENTER, CARRBORO8:15 p.m., $16–$18, www.artscenterlive.org

Price: $16-$18

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