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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.
I must be really stupid. I didn't know about the whole speculation that this might be a hoax beforehand, so it didn't even cross my mind that what I was watching could possibly be fabricated.
Real or not, this is still a really entertaining documentary that focuses on a question that matters a lot to me. What exactly is art, and can everybody make it? Should everybody make it?
- Where does all the money come from?
“What do you think of ‘The American Gothic’?”
Even if I never been a fan of every dudebro’s favorite artist – Banksy – I was pretty intrigued to watch this documentary, because I expected something different and on that level it completely delivered. Exit Through the Gift Shop is a varied film in many regards, visually it’s not very exiting though – pending between amateurish shooting, boring talking heads and archive footage – but the narration by Rhys Ifans is so enjoyable that those things are easy to overlook.
And even if the visual style of the film is tiresome, it’s hard to take one’s eyes away from the images of street artist in the middle of their…
Good pacing, and also pretty funny. Wondering if Mr. Brainwash is a Banksy hoax or not.
Wonderfully written and always fun to watch.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Unfortunately, taking a back-seat to the frankly boring story of Thierry Guetta are the two interesting things about this documentary; Banksy himself and the take of true street artists on the Thierry Guetta/Mr. Brainwash phenomenon. And, although the concept of a documentary about making a documentary or a major topic change during the making of a documentary is always interesting, it is really no longer new. you don't get bonus points for that anymore.
Thin line between art, pretentiousness, and possibly making fun of both.
Anarchy can also be cultural!
Banksy's documentary takes a uniquely insider look at the world of street art, its influences, and its commoditization, producing an educational - if not exciting - film.
Architecture, graffiti, pottery, industrial design, typography, painting, branding, photography, and a bit of dance for good measure.
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