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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…
This movie is FANTASTIC. A truly amazing look at street art from one of the masters. He's cocky, he's critical, but Banksy is a true artistic genius. His apprentice Thierry Guetta on the other hand is an absolute riot. Really funny, clever and heartfelt.
I'll try to bear this in mind next time I overrate a movie I didn't actually like just because it's "critically acclaimed."
Interesting. What a creepy man to have follow you around... This documentary basically negates the imitation is flattery thing.
They do a great job of telling the story, but I guess I'm just not a very big fan of Banksy or other street artists featured. I appreciate their economical creation of ideas, and their modes of creation are impressive, but I don't think their works are needed. That Disneyland thing? Did that convince anybody of anything? Seems like it would just create an echo chamber within a viewer's head, a preach to the choir of ideas that aren't very radical.
Then again, maybe that's because they're not working in film, and film is not the best way to reproduce their work. The Disneyland stunt would be legitimately terrifying if experienced in person. I guess they must hold a greater emotional and intellectual weight when experienced within the context of everyday life.
Regardless, the movie is a good story, it's funny, and honestly portrays a sub-culture that doesn't get a whole lot of attention, so who am I to complain
It's a pretty good documentary, I enjoyed it. Love Banksy! Not a fan of MBW though.
Highlights the depth and skill of street art before questioning it through a focus on MBW.
Scathing. Hilarious. If this really is just a huge Banksy prank (and please let it be so), I'd give it five
I was told that this was crazy, but still it wasn't at all what I expected. We are told by Banksy (voice distorted and in silouette to disguise his identity) that this was originally intended to be a documentary about him, but then they discovered that the documentary-maker was actually a more interesting topic for the documentary. "Oh yeah whatever," I thought. "Very funny Banksy." I couldn't have been more wrong.
Just to put things in perspective, Banksy is the guy who did the graffiti art on the West Bank barrier around Israel.
This movie does a great job of documenting the rise of the phenomenon of "street art" and really brings the movement to life. I can see why…
wow what an unexpected movie! i didnt know much going in, i just thought it would be a movie about banksy and praising banksy, and i was proven so wrong. this is about how fuckin awesome street art is, and watching it happen was really cool because you really don't see these covert men/women in action. and as the movie ended and i felt like this entire thing was a joke (because i really didnt like thierry's art, it just felt like everyone else's!) and that totally caught me off guard because like i said, it's not at all what i was expecting. the interview scenes, seeing the street art life as a legitimate thing, watching how the art was printed in a kinkos or made in a studio, the shaky camerawork... very cool stuff.
Architecture, graffiti, pottery, industrial design, typography, painting, branding, photography, and a bit of dance for good measure.
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