The Decline of Western Civilization ★★★★

89th film of 2019: The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) directed by Penelope Spheeris the film is equal parts documentary and ethnography as she documents the Los Angeles punk scene in 1979 and 1980. With the camera she captures the visceral and raw energy generated by the bands and those attending the events in local punk clubs in a manner that is fascinating and frightening at the same time. The film serves as a time capsule of a major moment in American music and the youth culture, some of whom found in punk music an opportunity to express their political and cultural views.