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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…
Hoax or not, I really enjoyed this film. I think what I liked, in addition to the art itself, was being on the inside and seeing it get put in place and the reaction from people seeing it.
I don't think I enjoyed this as much as other people seem to. But it was still interesting.
It makes a statement about art... but i'm not sure what. To me it almost mocks the idea of pop art and what not. We get these interviews with people talking about Mr Brainwash as if he's been doing this stuff for years and he's so prolific when in fact he's barely got any practice actually doing it. It makes the art show goers look like idiots. And a lot of what he does seems to be done by people he has hired, not himself. It's weird. It's like he just thinks of things for other people to create and then he…
This film has such an important and powerful message to say about art and filmmaking. Please do yourself a favor and see this documentary.
A fascinating look at the street art scene.
So, the movie starts out claiming it's a movie made by Banksy. Okay, so far so good. Banksy is an interesting cat; not much is known about him, so we can expect some level of mystery about it. But what's weird is that, though the movie is made by Banksy, the subject of the documentary is about a French street-art enthusiast who is on a quest to find Banksy. "Where. Are. You?" Thierry famously states (asks?). So, is the movie about Banksy, a movie about Mr. Brainwash, or is it a movie made by Bansky, who created this character "Mr. Brainwash" to pull one over the art world. At the very least, Banksy pulled the wool over the eyes of Netflix viewers everywhere.
This was my second time seeing Exit Through the Gift Shop. The first time I watched it I was mostly fascinated by the world of street artists. I found their underground way of life really relatable and intriguing. I related to it because there is a lot of bad press and representation when it comes to street art. I found this very similar to parkour. It is such a foreign idea that many never seem to be to understand that we do these arts to express ourselves and maybe teach others. It is never to hurt anyone of disrespect locations. Exit Through the Gift Shop shows this and so much more.
This time around I was fascinated by how it…
Poignant. Passionate. Pessimistic.
Banksy. Invader. Mr Brainwash.
Fascinating & engrossing look inside the life of the street artist by the mercurial & largely unknown street artist Banksy.
The film was inspired by the life of an unknown filmmaker called Thierry Guetta, who obsessed about meeting Banksy & creating a documentary about him & other famous (& infamous) street artists. Banksy then turned the camera upon the filmmaker himself as he found this a more interesting piece.
Under Banksy's instruction Guetta was told to go off & produce some street art to occupy his time whilst the former sifted through rolls & rolls of film to try to recapture a worthwhile documentary about street artists that Guetta had bastardised.
Using the undeniable influence of the artists he once followed Guetta reinvented himself as Mister…
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