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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…
Whether or not this film, or rather "Mr. Brainwash" himself, is a hoax or not will always be at the center of discussion circulating around this film. In fact I think I would appreciate the film more if it is indeed a large art project by Banksy. As a documentary the film, although appropriately humorous, seems a little too full of indirect malice towards Thierry Guetta. Even if he deserves this negativity towards his art which is completely derivative of other artists, and also seems to be completely done by people he employs without doing the art himself, seems hopelessly innocent and I must admit that somewhere inside of me I felt sympathy for Guetta, all the while thinking of…
I'm a dumbass for having not watched this earlier. I don't buy this being a hoax at all but it would only help to serve the movie's message, despite Banksy assuring us that there isn't one. Fascinating and hilarious in equal measure, Exit Through the Gift Shop is easily one of my favorite movies of the decade thus far.
A Banksy art project.
"Banksy no va a volver a ayudar a nadie a hacer arte callejero".
Una genialidad de documental
Watching the Street Art Movement was incredible. The problem with the movie is the main character begins to test the viewers patience. I found him to be grating and just plain irritating. But the questions about Art that are brought up are very troubling and intriguing.
I hope to never see or hear from Mr. Brain Wash ever again.
Art is in the eye of the beholder, but putting stickers up in public places doesn't feel like art to me, just a mild case of vandalism. That being said, some of the art or graffiti displayed was impressive. I really enjoyed the last thirty minutes showing the Hipster D-Bags being stereotypical hipsters.
PS: I'm just a Midwestern boy, who is so non-Hipster that I am practically Hipster.
Odd documentary about a graffiti artist, but the film really is about who is filming who. I enjoyed this.
Slick editing ensures that 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' is never dull. The questions it raises on whether or not we should judge Thierry negatively are incredibly fascinating. He emerged as an artist with little experience, he isn't directly responsible for works created under his name, and he is portrayed to be incompetent at handling exhibitions. The question of what it means to be an 'artist', which constitutes the film's third act, is the thematic heart of the film. However, I get the impression that Banksy made the film with the intent to negatively portray Thierry, which hence makes it difficult for me to not feel manipulated. It's hard to analyse the film's veracity, especially with there being allegations of the whole film being concocted as a hoax. Overall, an interesting film. I think it'll be a while till I develop a concrete opinion on this one.
What the hell?
A bizarre, enlightening, and thoroughly entertaining documentary that might be a mockumentary.
Highly recommended to *anyone*—not just art or film snobs.
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