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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."
"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…
Ok.. But how come I never heard of Mr. Brainwash and I do know about Banksy ? Great doc!
Interesting but that guy Thierry Guetta (if not some kind of Banksy stool-pigeon or prank) is a no-talent hack in every sense of the word.
But if people want to pay for his shite, who am I to get in their way?
It's a bit like a lot of music out there at the moment.
Still peeling back the layers of irony and ulterior messages.
art or vandalism? what's creativity and what's delusion? what makes art? what IS art? is this film a hoax, or is it real? does it even matter?
nice (-mr brainwash, yikes)
This is crazy. Is this true or fake? I don't know what to believe. But this is totally worth a watch.
To be honest I didn't even know this was made by Banksy, I just thought he was ... kinda in it, I guess?
I cannot describe this movie, but for the first hour it's a great documentary on street art and then it goes crazy.
One thing I noticed is that this movie goes full circle. It starts with "Mr Brainwash" having a shop where he sells TShirts for wayyy too much, like 100 times their worth. And at the end he does the same with "paintings". This is too good to be true, right? RIGHT????
I'm rating this 4.5 out of 5 stars and a recommendation to everyone.
Exit Through the Gift Shop is one of the funniest and weirdest documentaries ever created
Mister Brainwash is one of the funniest and weirdest artists ever created.
Scrap that again.
Thierry Guetta is one of the funniest and weirdest characters ever created.
Scrap that one more time.
Banksy is one of the funniest and weirdest hoaxers ever created.
"What have we created?"
Poor Thierry, creating with out ever perceiving. Art truly should be lived and experienced, coming from one's own expression of their heart. Exit Through the Gift Shop is a documentary about "street" art on one side, and on the other an expression of a generation. It follows a man who films street artists until he himself starts to make his own. Throughout the adventure, it features many different street artists who have become famous for their own creations. I don't think this subject has really been handled in film before, or at least in the light that this film paints it.
Architecture, graffiti, pottery, industrial design, typography, painting, branding, photography, and a bit of dance for good measure.
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