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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…
Pues me ha parecido un fantástico documental, dejando aparte la calidad de las imágenes (que esta rodada toda en cámara en mano y cintas DV) la historia y el cambio de la misma que precipita ese final...
Ver para creer...
Ich war eh schon großer Banksy Fan. Fand den Film klasse!
Is it real? Is it fake? Isn't that the point? Whatever you think about this documentary about mysterious street artist Banksy and his friend (creation?) Mr. Brainwash, it will anyway make you question the nature of art and how we perceive it. And oh God, Banksy is hilarious.
¿Es real? ¿Es falso? ¿Ese no es el punto? Sea lo que sea que opines sobre este documental sobre el misterioso artista de la calle Banksy y su amigo (¿creación?) Mr. Brainwash, igualmente te hará cuestionar la naturaleza del arte y cómo lo percibimos. Y Dios mío, Banksy es comiquísimo.
I'm not exactly the worlds biggest Banksy fan so was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Hoax or not it's brilliantly well made, the footage fascinating and anytime Banksy looks like he's being too self aggrandising the moment is undercut by a genuinely funny, cynical sense of humour.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Viewed on DVD
I love Exit Through The Gift Shop.
It is an extremely entertaining documentary. That's right, I called it a documentary because for the most part, it is.
It documents the work of various street artists while at the same time makes fun at the art world. Putting an $18,000 price tag on a piece of art that took no effort, has no conscience thought process and laughs in your face for purchasing it.
It's a documentary about marketing and consumption and its brilliant.
Very very cool. Opened my eyes to the world of street art. Also made me realize how easy it is to become a recognized artist if you have money, time, and confidence. After watching this, one question still remains: "Why does everyone hate Thierry?" I mean sure, most don't hate him, but after he had opened his gallery, those who had been friends with him were almost speaking about him in an un-friendly way. Is it jealousy? Are they just elitists? After all, art is art, right? Definitely something to think about.
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