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  • Director

    Penelope Spheeris

  • Starring

    Alice Bag, Exene Cervenka, Claude Bessy, Darby Crash, John Doe, Greg Ginn, Billy Zoom

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  • Run Time

    100 mins

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  • Director of Photography: Steve Conant

  • Editor: Charlie Mullin

  • Produced by: Jeff Prettyman, Penelope Spheeris

  • Screenplay by: Penelope Spheeris

  • Sound Production: Gary C. Bourgeois, Alan Kutner, Nick Neutra

Director Bio

Penelope Spheeris

P&I - Director Bio

Filmmaker Penelope Spheeris is often referred to as a rock ‘n’ roll anthropologist. She produced, directed and edited videos for major bands through the 70s and 80s. She is the direcor of the critically acclaimed music documentary trilogy The Decline of Western Civilization. She has also directed Hollywood studio films, including Wayne’s World (1992) and The Little Rascals (1994).

The Decline of Western Civilization


Featuring performances by artists such as X, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Fear, Catholic Discipline, Germs and Alice Bag, this unforgettable documentary by director Penelope Spheeris takes a look inside the Los Angeles punk scene of the late 1970s to early 1980s. Perfectly capturing the electric anti-establishment attitude of the movement, the film was the first in a trilogy by Spheeris and was followed by The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years and The Decline of Western Civilization Part III.

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