Decline of Western Civilization: Part III

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USA | 1998 | 86 minutes | Penelope Spheeris

October 26, 2015

SIFF Film Center | One Show Only
While Decline I & II focused on emerging musical movements, Part III is an unflinching look into the lives of L.A.’s hardcore punk fans in the mid-90s, many of them homeless or squatting in abandoned buildings. An empathetic illustration of a subculture where the punk mantra of “No Future” has taken on a new meaning.

A strange coupling of comedy and tragedy, The Decline of Western Civilization Part III not only includes live performances with underground bands and interviews with punk scene-makers old and new, but also introduces unforgettable real-life characters such as Why-Me?, Hamburger, Troll, Eyeball, and Squid, to paint a seldom seen picture of life and death on the back streets of Hollywood.


Don't miss the rest of the Decline Trilogy:
Oct 22, SIFF Film Center: The Decline of Western Civilization, Part I
Oct 24, Northwest Film Forum: The Decline of Western Civilization, Part II: The Metal Years | Hosted by Ben Gibbard

  • Director: Penelope Spheeris
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 86 minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English