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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…
Funny, interesting and exploratative in a natural kind of way, 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' tells us one of the coolest stories put to film.
It's own dubious parenthood, whether it is a 'prankumentary', an examination of art itself or an attempt by Banksy to help his career and get back at Terry contributes to my fascination with the documentary's story. It's own history, which prompts questions of validity, the way in which the film plays with truth, is what mirrors arts own playing of with truth and perception, and what is real and what is not. I am perplexed by it, and feel myself going down a dangerous rabbit hole while writing on it.
I don't know whether the…
A fascinating and often very funny film, and it's completely unclear if it's true or if Banksy has made some kind of self-parodying satire of the art world.
Not only is this documentary a very entertaining and humourous look into street art, it also presents a very engaging story of who soon became known as Mr. Brainwash. His story brings up real questions about what really constitutes as art.
Similarly to how 'Super Size Me' (which I previously reviewed on this site) makes me want to think more about what I eat, 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' makes me want to go straight to the nearest art gallery, to take in such great art!
If you enjoy street art or any forms of art in general, this is worth a watch!
MBW more than Banksy.
Aw Buff Monster <3
Any crossover hit must take on the appearance of being about something more than it's about, and Bansky has certainly succeeded here with a documentary on street art that transcends the trappings that might imply.
"Now that you've made an extremely successful and thought-provoking documentary, what are you going to do?"
"I'm going to Disn--"
*Mickey Mouse promptly beats Banksy to a pulp while Run the Jewels watches dejectedly from the sidelines*
Kept pegging this as Close-Up for the street art world, until it shifts completely into Adaptation. for the street art world and leaves me bewildered in the best possible way. Also I'm 90% sure I would've ended up as one of those bros lining up to check out Guetta's stuff because I'm still a silly sheeple which makes me sad
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I’m not quite sure how to write a review of this movie because I’m still reeling from the experience of watching it.
The film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, centers aroung Thierry Guetta, a French store owner and father, who has an addiction to videoing his life. This hobby, as well as a fortunate family connection, causes him to rub elbows with some of the top names in the street art industry. He follows and videos many artists, including Space Invader, Shepard Fairey, Borf, and Buffmonster. He stockpiles the tapes he films on away, promising to the artists he shoots that he’s in the process of making a film on the world of street art.
Thierry’s main goal is to…
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