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The Decline of Western Civilization I and III-April 18th Los Angeles with Penelope Spheeris
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Posted: 2014-03-31 10:39 am   Permalink


Bing Theater
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

$5 General admission
$3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members and students.

*These prices include admission to both films screening on April 18

Part I
Friday, April 18 | 7:30 pm
Director Penelope Spheeris's blistering depiction of the early 1980s Los Angeles punk scene remains a classic in the cult film canon, despite never being available on DVD. Spheeris's groundbreaking documentary captures some of the scene's most seminal bands at their sweaty, ferocious peak, onstage and off. From OC hardcore progenitors Black Flag and Circle Jerks to Hollywood heavyweights Germs, X and the seminally provocative Fear, Spheeris offers a mosher's-eye view of the era's greats. Spheeris also grants ample screen time to the fans and fellow travelers of this "high speed, high volume" scene, interviewing them with unflinching directness.

Part III
Friday, April 18 | 9:40 pm
Penelope Spheeris returns to the punk scene she first documented in 1981 and finds new bands equally as inflammatory as their predecessors. The powerful final chapter in Spheeris’s Decline of Western Civilization trilogy again not only focuses on these newer underground bands – such as the politically-charged Naked Aggression – but also the concertgoers and club owners that sustain them. Spheeris pays special attention to their fans, particularly the young and homeless “gutterpunks.” Raised in broken homes, they live drink to drink, squatting in derelict Hollywood buildings and panhandling, or “spanging,” on Hollywood Boulevard to get by.


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