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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…
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…
Intriguing documentary narrated by Rhys Ifans following Thierry Guetta, a man fascinated by the idea of recording every aspect of his life and decides to do so, this ends up colliding with the Los Angeles street art life as he becomes involved in the rise of street art around the world, eventually meeting the illusive Banksy. The film relies nearly entirely on the footage that Thierry Guetta recorded and interviews with famous street artists that Thierry had encountered (Banksy makes for a particularly amusing interviewee). Certainly unique and definitely worth seeing.
anyone can do this shit then, cool
Banksy makes a movie making fun of another artist. Its sad to see this guy go crazy infront of the camera like that
Possibly the best documentary that I ever saw, just to find out in the last thirty minutes or so that I have been watching a brilliant gag. Out-loud laughing, astonishment and admiration for both Banksy and Mr. Brainwash is guaranteed when watching this mockumentary.
Not exactly what I expected but I liked it. I feel inspired to make art, thanks to Banksy.
Whether it's all staged or not, this film is a must-see. The subject matter, the characters, the film-making craftsmanship...
I don't really care that much, if the guy who becomes Mr. Brainwash is just an elaborate art installation. If anything, I'd say it would illustrate the point of street art not being for everybody even more.
If you don't know the difference between a landschaft painting and a work of art, you might really want to see "Exit Through The Gift Shop". And even though the majority of street art operates in pop culture clichés, there's no doubt one can separate the meaningful and thought-provoking work from the run-of-the-mill assembly line (quite literally) nonsense people seem to be creaming themselves over.
Plus, it's an Oscar-winning documentary, if that's what floats your boat.
The point is - watch it!
What an enjoyable watch.
I'd avoided this because I'd assumed it would be, at least partly, an artist explaining his work (I find few things more annoying than creative people telling you how to interpret their stuff). But very little of this documentary is about Banksy himself, or about what any of the pieces featured might mean (if anything, in some cases) - it's about the life and death of an art movement, and how quickly art can change from an intense form of expression to a cold business venture.
The film neatly leads the viewer to a conclusion of sorts on the eternal "what is art?" question, and other questions surrounding it - does art mean anything if its…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Is the film a joke? Or is the real joke on the creation of art itself? This is the question you are to be left with by the end of this documentary. Exploring the attempt at making the world's greatest film about street art, which resulted in showing first hand how art is tainted by the touch of mass production, Exit Through The Gift Shop not only explains the phenomenon of street art, but why it's something not meant to be up for auction, on a sales rack or seen as a crime.
A film made up mainly of grainy footage shot on a miniDV camcorder, Exit tells the tale of LA based con-man Thierry Guetta and his knack for…
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