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The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

Wed, Dec 8 / 9:15pm
Sun, Dec 12 / 3pm
Directed by Penelope Spheeris
1998, USA, 86 min

In this documentary, filmmaker Penelope Spheeris captures the life of Los Angeles “gutter punks”: homeless teenagers who prefer anarchy and chaos to organized society. Many of the film’s subjects come from abusive households and have developed alcohol and drug problems. While living on the streets, they must panhandle, squat in abandoned apartment buildings and fight off skinheads to survive. The film also includes performances by several notable Los Angeles punk bands.

Reviews

The third installment of Penelope Spheeris's documentary series on subversive musical movements, released in 1998, is by far the darkest.
- Chicago Reader
A culmination of her achievement in the trilogy, which chronicles a scene with visceral skill, and often with an anthropologist's detachment. Yet you can only detach for so long.
- Flavorwire
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