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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 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…
It was going nowhere? No shit, Sherlock--one second with this guy and you instantly know he's a retard, so why would anyone think he could actually create the structure required for a documentary. But it's obvious that most of these street artists have similarly suffered irreversible brain damage from innumerable ecstacy overdoses and similarly are desperate for recognition. So it was a match made in heaven. And for a moment the film touches on his wife and you just know she was terrified daily that this fool would be arrested and no one would be there to support her 3 kids in what was probably an $800K LA shack when you know she doesn't work and probably even has absolutely…
El mejor documental de la historia, probablemente. Banksy hace contigo lo que le da la puta gana.
Brainwash is an admirable businessman. It's all about the hype and the people who buy into it.
This is a very well done amateur documentary. It looks into a street art trend that transcended mere graffiti and became a surprisingly respected art form. I was completely enthralled by it, and was loving it, then it got stuck on Mr. Brainwash. It diminishes in quality at that point, at least in my opinion. It certainly gave me a new outlook on street art. Overall, it's a great film.
Bonkers. Almost unbelievable. Fascinating and difficult to take my eyes away from the screen.
This film is absolutely incredible. This is my third time watching it, which I don't think I can say about any other documentary. It's entertaining, funny, and tragic. There's a ton going on here, but I think I can sum it up in one line.
Ignorance is bliss.
Whether it's Thierry's loveable dopey-ness, or the idea that so many "art lovers" actually bought into the Mr. Brainwash stuff, ignorance is bliss. I guess Banksy would call that a statement about society.
Basically, this film just puts a smile on my face. Thierry is too adorable to actually dislike, and he's too happy to feel bad for. Everybody wins.
Except maybe the art community...
An exciting documentary about the world of street art or is it? The film helps to show the extreme amount of work and danger that street artists endure to express themselves. The director even managed to film the elusive Banksy whose world wide art and infamous name helped to create this documentary and the twist within that helps to show the worlds naivety. A great watch for anyone who knows an artist or dreams of becoming one.
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