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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."
The Kind-of-Tragic Life of "Exit Through the Gift Shop"
Banksy- "About my entire life has been dedicated to street art, the craft, the means of achieving what I want to say. Then this dim-wit Frenchman comes about, carrying a superficial obsession-border-fetish with the idea of street art and nothing else. My mystification at his wild success through sheer method of money, size, and obsessive commoditization of prior pieces of art that are more physical feats than artistic ones is what I try to capture by the film's end. This story damned-well proves that the pop art world is a scam and the relationship between the populace and the artist will forever remain misconstrued."
But will people understand what you're trying…
"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.
Life is beautiful.
In 2010, Exit Through the Gift Shop landed in the festival scene with much critical acclaim and since then has come under scrutiny for its authenticity. I beg the question, why does it matter? Much like the documentary film Catfish, whose premise has spawned a television show and verb of its own (Catfishing?), Exit Through the Gift Shop presents itself with real people, real emotions and for the most part, real events. But there are some elements that challenge the viewer to ask what is real and what is reality. I think that's a good sign that a documentary has a really good subject.
But when it comes to Exit I find at saying too much about…
Lo que me sigue pareciendo emocionante sobre Exit Trough the Gift Shop es la facilidad con la que comprime sus temas y a su vez los exprime al máximo. Por una parte es el análisis del personaje de Thierry Guetta AKA Mr. Brainwash, por otra cuenta la historia de la explosión de arte urbano y su paso al arte comercial en voz de sus principales protagonistas, por otra examina como el arte contemporáneo depende del culto a la celebridad. Todo eso mientras le da la vuelta a un documental que no era, que luego fue y que termino siendo esto, hablando, pues, de paso, de la creación del documental y del mismo personaje. Es ágil y divertidísimo, ademas.
Don't be that guy...
This is a truly rare kind of documentary.
Not only because it happened by accident but because it shows you the art world/industry in a light that has not really been seen before.
This documentary films the birth of an art movement beginning with the kind of graffiti art that was used in Roman times (social criticism/humor) growing into something more refined and creative, to then becoming real art with the likes of Banksy.
What then unfolds is the systematic downfall and destruction of this art movement through (ironically) plagiarism,popularity and social demand. This leaves the Original artists and the critics baffled.
What truly makes this unique is that the guy filming all this, an insane opportunistic Frenchman single handedly…
This is either one of the most entertaining true stories ever documented or one of the most entertaining hoaxes ever documented.
What an awesome look into the world of street art. Definitely not the documentary I was expecting, but one I am glad I got to see.
LOL so clever.
Yeah, it was good. It started off strong, but I never got the sense of where the movie was going. The documentation of the artists was really cool to see and highlighted some interesting things about art that I had never thought about. However, the end of this threw a curveball I could never have seen coming and asked questions about art and artists that I will be pondering for a long time. This movie didn't shy away from painting the ugly and commercial side of art.
That ending. That ending.
It's so sad how art can be such a joke sometimes.
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