not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…
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."
"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.
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…
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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.
I'm of the opinion that it's a prank upon the art world, but it's pretty brilliant.
I can see why this movie has recieved such high praise in the past. I've been hearing about it for years, but finally decided to give it a shot.
I will say... It blew my mind.
This documentary takes you through the new form of expression that is street art. Though hard to follow as indicated by numerous critical reviews, it seemed to make the documentary even funnier and suited the style of the film better as a whole.
"Maybe it means art is a bit of a joke." - Banksy
One of the best art and filmmaking experiments of our time, and it only gets better and makes more sense with time.
I've certainly met people with a bit of Thierry Guetta in them. A little off, but enthusiastic. The kind of people who tend to invite themselves along. Who talk for years about their nebulous "projects."
I've known this kind of person, but never have any of them found the level of success Mr. Brainwash has.
was enjoying this until it focused on Thierry. Quite fascinating how much interest he got on his own though.
Has to be a wind up, doesn't it?
"There's no one like Thierry, even though his art looks like everyone else's."
Interesting documentary on modern artists/frauds and vision.
Banksy and Thierry (Mr. Brainwash) were some weird fuckin people, and watching their acts and ideas on screen really gave me a bit of insight into all that stuff.
I don't know how to describe films like this, but I think it's an important watch and one of the better documentaries out there for anyone who cares.
Banksy (in response to Thierry's "Life Remote Control" film):
"Uhmmm... You know... it was at that point that I realized that maybe Thierry wasn't actually a film maker, and he was maybe just someone with mental problems who happened to have a camera."
Complete list. :-(
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…