This is my personal counter-list to YouTube reviewer Chris Stuckmann's selections from his book The Film Buff's Bucket List. I…
Exit Through the Gift Shop
The world's first Street Art disaster movie
Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner.
Obviously I am a few years behind on the "controversial" documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop. It has been called everything from a prankumentary (The New York Times movie reviewer Jeannette Catsoulis) to a wonderful documentary about the street art movement.
I believe it is almost fitting that the film leaves people questioning whether or not this was a hoax or a genuine effort. The world of art, regardless of the medium is always open to interpretation. I, for one, believe this was an actual documentary. I was sort of surprised after watching it this evening when I first read it was actually considered a hoax, it never once crossed my mind that this was not real, as fantastic as…
Two of the most high profile documentaries of 2010 were films with dubious authenticity, but rather than being a criticism the genuine/hoax debate is deliberately at the centre of both Exit Through the Gift Shop and Catfish. It is hard to separate fact from fiction here, there is clearly truth amongst the fabrication but where that line really is becomes difficult to tell. What we end up with here is a docu-drama that playfully asks the question 'what is art?' in a way that will engage both detractors and supporters of both Banksy and the street art movement as a whole.
At the centre of this documentary is a charming French man, Thierry Guetta, too believable to be a creation…
It's confounding. It's thought-provoking. It's unexpected. All the things a good documentary should be.
Makes you think about what art is; where do you draw the line between creativity and delusion? What makes art?
The documentary in itself is nothing like what I've watched before. It takes your preconceived notions and flips it on your head. Extraordinary.
I'm still blown away, speechless really.
"I think the joke is on... I don’t know who the joke is on, really. I don’t even know if there is a joke."
Netflix Challenge #8
It's interesting how the documentary about street art is morphed into a documentary about someone falling in love with the art form and gaining success from it. Banksy is an interesting artist and I find it interesting how he morphed Thierry into a hack of some sorts. He created something that he hated he did. Exit Through The Gift Shop does loose focuse near the end but it's definitely worth your time. If you are interested in knowing more about street art this is the documentary for you. If you love street art you'll definitely appreciate what this has to offer.
"Warhol repeated iconic images until they became meaningless, but there was still something iconic about them. Thierry really makes them meaningless."
Is it a prank? Is it a joke? Is it real? Is it art? I don't care. It's super entertaining and funny and that's good enough for me.
The real question isn't whether or not this film is a hoax, which it clearly is, it's exactly where the facts stop and the fiction begins. In any case, the film is a weirdly perfect attack on the art community, and probably the most authentic documentary about the spirit of street art anyone could make. One thing everyone who sees this film should be certain of is that Banksy is the real deal, a certifiable artistic genius living among us, with a twisted sense of humor and a Machiavellian demeanor. Incredibly entertaining and watchable, wickedly funny, the film tells as ripping a yarn as any documentary I could name. Rather than a 'street art disaster movie,' I'd call this a 'dignity heist flick,' with almost everyone on screen cast as a victim.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Much better than expected, mostly due to a brilliant last act. I particularly like how the celebratory music played at the beginning plays back as naive after MBW's victory (and no it doesn't matter if it's real or not)
The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work.
This really is an incredible little documentary. It is really interesting and fun. Please check it out if you haven't already.
Watched in June 2010
Banksy. Love him or Hate him. Artist or vandal? Well, that's something to discuss at another time as this film isn't really about Bansky, but more about a man called Thierry Guetta and Banksy's involvment with him.
Guetta is a Frenchman living in the USA. Using a videocamera, he films everything. EVERYTHING! He begins to film and hang out with various street artists, on the basis on making a doco. He not only films them, but he helps them. This leads to a eventual meeting with Banksy: Hidden under obscured face and altered voice, we never see the real Banksy, but see him talk about his experience with Guetta. The time spent with Bansky leads to…
senior-year me was so hyped by this movie
Exit Through The Gift Shop is an incredibly entertaining documentary about a man who set out to make a film about an elusive and enigmatic street artist only to have the project flipped and a film made about himself.
It's a bit tricky to explain, but Thierry Guetta is an eccentric French shop keeper who never goes anywhere without his video camera. Once during a return to Europe Thierry began to follow around his cousin, Space Invader, who happened to be at the forefront of a new underground street art movement. Eventually Thierry was introduced to several of the scene's key players and under the guise of making a documentary about their work he was allowed to document their comings…
One of, if not my favorite documentary from the past 25 years.
It's a funny documentary that has me putting a lot of thought into it. You can criticize the way that Mr. brainwash was put into production but in the end, he is successful. Art is very strange in this era of time that he comes about, and this documentary plasters his image out in a way that is viewed by all people as very interesting to any platform, whether that is via a comedic route, or just a general intriguing one. I think Banksy had the right thought in the end on him and really summed him up correctly.
A funny documentary about a niche subculture. Well made, although it bothered me that Banksy accuses MBW of being stuck up while making a movie that half centers on just how cool he is.
One thing I noticed is that while it's pretty easy to discover great old movies, it's not as easy to…
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218. "Camera falls from airplane and lands in pig pen-MUST WATCH END!!"