THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART III
1998, Bleeding Lights Film Group, 87 min, USA, Dir: Penelope Spheeris

Like her two previous DECLINE films, Part III showcases aggro bands such as Final Conflict and Naked Aggression. But like SUBURBIA, it’s also a teen odyssey, this time through the back alleys of Hollywood, turf inhabited by a new breed of homeless “gutter punks.” Astonishingly, what emerges from behind these kids’ boastful tales of drugs and debauchery is an achingly poignant vision of intelligent, talented youth consigned to the scrap heap by abusive parents and an obsessively conformist society.


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