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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

Wed, Dec 8 / 7pm
Thu, Dec 9 / 9:15pm
Directed by Penelope Spheeris
1988, USA, 93 min

In this follow-up to the 1981 punk rock documentary “The Decline of Western Civilization,” filmmaker Penelope Spheeris dissects the world of heavy metal. Through live performance footage and interviews that feature popular hard rock musicians, Spheeris examines the metal genre and the opulent Los Angeles music scene of the late 1980s.

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Spheeris is one of our great documentarians, getting at the truth behind the camp and the melancholy just behind the mascara.
- Nashville Scene
Despite the frenzied atmosphere and the verbal raunch, this lively blend of concert footage and bad-boy interviews strikes a note of nostalgia: every decade has its rebels without causes.
- Vogue
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