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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…
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…
A beautiful, entertaining piece of art that makes you wonder what really is art and how does one go about obtaining it.
Yes, I have some trouble telling fact from fiction here, but find myself not caring all that much because either way, Exit through the gift shop is pretty damn entertaining.
The widespread speculation that “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is a hoax only adds to its fascination. An anonymous London graffiti artist named Banksy arrives to paint walls in Los Angeles. He encounters an obscure Frenchman named Thierry Guetta, who has dedicated his life to videotaping graffiti artists.
The Frenchman's hundreds of tapes have been dumped unorganized into boxes. Banksy thinks they might make a film. Guetta makes a very bad one. Banksy takes over the film and advises Guetta to create some art himself. Guetta does, names himself Mr. Brainwash, and organizes an exhibition of his work through which he makes a fortune in sales.
Surely Guetta cannot be real? With his dashing mustache and Inspector Clouseau accent, his…
As a documentary, it's fascinating; as a possible Banksy prank, it's something else entirely.
Este documental es el más interesante y divertido que he visto en mi vida. El arte callejero es genial y Banksy es un genio. Explora y analiza de manera cómica y a la vez seria cómo el arte tiene un impacto en la sociedad y en los medios. Yo estaba preparado para ver un documental totalmente sobre Banksy pero no todo es lo que parece. Mr. Brainwash es un cague de risa.
The narrative of this documentary shifts focus, unlike any other documentary I've seen. The movie leaves a sense of inspiration to try creating artwork, rather than just viewing what others have made.
"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."
I went in thinking it was a documentary about the controversial and famous street artist Banksy, turned out to be about a guy who carries around a camera literally everywhere, filming everything then goes into filming street artists telling them he's filming a documentary (he's not, he's got mental problems), then meets Banksy, who tells him to make a documentary, it turns out to be "shit" and then the filmmaker sells out and opens an art show.
It's actually pretty good, until the filmmaker, Thierry Guetta…
As fun as Orson Welles' F is for Fake, and covering overlapping topics, this is a good head scratcher, a great documentary, and and hey . . a great film.
I don't think anyone going into this is able to predict where it's going to go. Sort of a street art documentary version of Kazan's A Face in the Crowd.
It has the instant appeal of footage of skateboard tricks, and then actually teaches you a lot about contemporary art history, and then challenges you with it's final 10 minutes.
Exit Through the Gift Shop is such a 'meta' idea brought to the screen by Banksy, and it's pretty fascinating.
Exit Through the Gift Shop follows the life of compulsive obsessive Thierry Guetta. What he's manically obsessed with is street art, and the people who make it. He finds it fun, unique, and important. He is also crazy about bringing a camera everywhere to document everything he does. He starts off following his friend known as Space Invader, posting art all around their home city. Thierry moves to LA, and begins to follow around all kinds of other well known underground street artists. He starts to chronicle the work of Shepard Fairey, the man behind the Obey art movement. Through…
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