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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…
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."
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…
"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.
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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.
The real question is if Mr. Brainwash is an artist, or is he art?
my brain is melting
Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the story of an artist and a hack. The artist and the hack switch roles throughout the film, culminating in a reversal of roles that needs to be seen to be believed. Other than the character dynamic, this documentary also has some cool depictions of graffiti and other forms of street art. I feel that the less is said about this film, the better, as it will surprise you more if you go into it blind. Just know that it's fascinating, hilarious, profane, shocking, and absurd, most times all at once.
F FOR FAKE 2: THE STREETS
Never has a documentary so poignantly posed such thought-provoking questions about art, talent, celebrity and criticism.
After all, what is art?
How much of a role does hype play into someone's work?
Does true art only emerge when money is not the motivation?
Is art truly an agent of change or a subtle harbinger of death?
These questions and more are among the many reasons why I truly love art and culture, especially film, television, music and video games.
I never thought a documentary about underground street art would fascinate me in such a way that I would actually want to create my own someday.
Banksy truly is one of the world's most influential people, and he doesn't have to show his face.
El manejo del arte urbano y su propósito.
"I think the joke's on... I don't know who the joke's on, really... I don't even know if there is a joke."
Still contemporary cinema's funniest magic trick. What struck me this time around is how similar this movie often is to Spinal Tap, and if Thierry Guetta really isn't a performance piece, the movie's all the more impressive for his absolute obliviousness. That Exit also spends a lot of time being a loving portrait of the rise of street art only makes it more authentic, unlike, say, the Campbell spray can Banksy & co. rally against (and you should too). But what I really love this for is its unsolvable, hilarious, straight-up stupid protagonist.
Even when Banksy goes perverse, explaining…
Very interesting documentary. Looking into the life of graffiti artists and learning there stories was a new concept to me. My only problem is the main character, who I do not personally like, but it's a great movie overall
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I love documentaries. They're like non-fiction books - but without all that pesky reading.
And since I've been watching a…