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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…
"I don't know who the joke's on, really. I don't even know if there is a joke."
It doesn't even matter whether it's real or a hoax. The mere fact that both scenarios are plausible tells you everything you need to know.
When I first saw this in 9th grade, my friends and I thought Banksy was a genius. Now that I am no longer 14, it really...disappoints. What, exactly, is he saying that nobody else has said? And how is his art in any way unique? I'm just not sure.
I had put off watching this for years, i always wanted to see it was just waiting for the right moment , i had seen the odd bits here and there so today i finally sat down and whacked it on, and i am glad i did.
A fun documentary that's truly fascinating.
Ive heard from some people that it was staged in parts even if that's true it still works so who cares.
This film made me feel really, really dirty.
F*ck you, Mr. Brainwash.
I really enjoyed the first 35 minutes of this film. Experiencing the artists and their passion and drive was very interesting. The rest of the film became a propaganda for Mr. Brainwash which I did not enjoy. I needed more street art scenes, artists, and how they accomplished their art.
Loved the Andre the Giant, Obey signs.
P.S. Creating something, absolutely art, putting stickers on random things, nope, not art.
Goes to one of my favorite documentary films. Took me to the world of street art through the eyes of the street artists themselves. Barely legal, as Banksy's said.
Is it art?
Maybe, maybe not. Full recommendation and review at Reel World Theology: www.reelworldtheology.com/netflix-your-weekend-exit-through-the-gift-shop/
Fun fact: Mickey Mouse jail is a real place and my mom has been there
I hope none of the artists got sued or put in jail after this came out since not everybody's faces were censored. This is a very fast-paced and well made documentary but my favorite part of this was seeing all the different graffiti art,
so when we start seeing more and more of just Mr. Brainwash's art it's quite disappointing. He was actually my least favorite artist in this. His pop art is neither original nor interesting, he simply photoshops/traces photos of celebrities and adds or alters something. His version of street art was pasting photos of celebrity's faces everywhere. Pop art is nothing new. What started out as a very broad and interesting documentary kinda turned into a documentary…
Architecture, graffiti, pottery, industrial design, typography, painting, branding, photography, and a bit of dance for good measure.
It's a good…
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