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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 ingenuity of Banksy’s documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop comes alienating at its first few minutes, but the film unravels in an unexpected manner and hence, what a riveting stuff. This film is weird because the subjects seems to shift. At first, I thought it’s about Banksy but then it turns out it’s about this French camera operator who becomes this hardcore visionary street artist. At the core of the film, it’s a movement of an art expression that is both boundary breaking and thought-provoking. I read articles online that suggests that this film might be a hoax or a mockery or some sorts, but I don’t care, Exit Through the Gift Shop delivered stuff what it’s supposed to do. It’s great stuff and I was spellbound by its cleverness.
"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.
I’m not too fond of street art…though there are exceptions like the infamous and mysterious Banksy, and the propagandistic Sheppard Fairey, which is two characters in this amusing and highly interesting documentary. Though Frenchmen Thierry Guetta steals the show! Not sure if this is fake or not, still highly entertaining.
If Mr. Brainwash is a Banksy creation this film is a damn masterpiece.
A thought provoking documentary on the secret underground world of street art, narrated by an amateur film director. As well as a wonderful and poigant message about what really is art and the ironic street art market, tugs at the question of what crosses the line from creative to delusional.
Honestly top five on my list of documentaries, the narrator is such a ride or die dude I wish I had a home as insane as him.
This film asks the question: “What is art?” However, when it comes out of the mouth from famous street artist Bansky, you have to be very wary of it. The question might really be: “What isn’t art?” Or even: “What art?” Hell, it could even be: “What?” Either way you look at it, this film is an intriguing and engrossing look into the street art movement and how one man was sucked into it - causing a rippling change in himself and the art world at large. However, as with most of Bansky’s work, you have to wonder… is this real or is it just a hoax?
Bansky’s London dealer even ponders this notion: "The joke’s on … well, I’m…
Not quite as poignant this time around, but still enjoyable and interesting to think about. Exit Through the Gift Shop, is a thrill ride documentary that largely keeps its cards close to the chest until the final act. The movie's three act structure focuses first on Terry, then on Banksy, and concludes with its focus back on Terry. That third act is the brunt of the movie's revelations, crafting a wickedly cynical portrayal of the art world that creates questions about authenticity and pricing. Half the enjoyability behind Exit through the Gift Shop comes from its fakeness, or the question of whether the movie is itself a fraud entirely. After the movie ended, I turned to some friends and each…
I won't know how I feel about this film until Banksy dies.
The legendary street artist and, as shown in the documentary, the legendary prankster
The rise, the peak and the fall of an art movement in one film. With 6 years hindsight it really is astounding how much this predicted/clocked the commercialisation of street art. I challenge you to go to your nearest shopping mall and genuinely fail to find some half-assed, lame as fuck art work in some retro fitted hipster bullshit shop. From rebellious kids in back alleys, to art collector fetishism, to mass production it really covers it all through the fascinating dude that is "Mr Brainwash".
I don't even think Banksy's art is that impressive, and he probably contributed to the process leading to Mr Brainwash fucking up street art's reputation as a form of outsider art, but the film…
Can't believe I avoided this for so long, very pleasantly surprised.
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Architecture, graffiti, pottery, industrial design, typography, painting, branding, photography, and a bit of dance for good measure.
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