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    The Decline of Western Civilization

    Presented by at Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

    September 4, 2011


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    The Decline of Western Civilization

    Shot on 16mm with sync sound in dive clubs, cheap apartments and in Hollywood's shadows at the dawn of the 1980s, The Decline of Western Civilization turns an insider's jaundiced eye on Southern California's early punk scene. Interviewing a wide array of experts – teenagers at rock shows, musicians, club owners, music critics – Spheeris penetrates the aggressive, irreverent punk scene and attitude, revealing layers of the...

    Shot on 16mm with sync sound in dive clubs, cheap apartments and in Hollywood's shadows at the dawn of the 1980s, The Decline of Western Civilization turns an insider's jaundiced eye on Southern California's early punk scene. Interviewing a wide array of experts – teenagers at rock shows, musicians, club owners, music critics – Spheeris penetrates the aggressive, irreverent punk scene and attitude, revealing layers of the underground heretofore unseen by a mainstream audience. For the benefit of the uninitiated, some songs are subtitled and even slam dancing is more-or-less "explained." Focusing on live performance by such bands as Black Flag, X, Circle Jerks, Fear, and the Germs, and including rare footage of gay punk icon Darby Crash, the documentary even-handedly and intimately studies multiple facets of punk culture while letting punks speak for themselves.


    Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

    485 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA 02138

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    Admission Info:

    $9 - Regular Admission
    $7 - Non-Harvard Students, Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens
    Regular HFA screenings are free for all Harvard students with a valid photo ID.


    General Day and Time Info:

    5pm


    phone: 617.495.4700 or 496.3211


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