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.


SUBURBIA
1984, New World, 94 min, USA, Dir: Penelope Spheeris

Director Penelope Spheeris’ first feature after the original DECLINE film is a harrowing trip through a blighted suburban wasteland where feral punk kids form their own surrogate communal family. Shot in an actual L.A. housing project that had been vacated and earmarked for demolition.


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