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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…
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A thrilling and vital millenial documentary.
A remarkable and visually stunning documentary that I unfortunately missed when it came out. It not only tells the story of one man's journey into street art as well as Banksy it also capitulates what art is and the problems of modern art. This is now one of my favorite documentaries of all time, watch it now if you have not seen it! Incredible!
To watch. Again. And Again. And again
Didn't know shit about graffiti, so very educative and hilarious in parts.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Beginning as a beautiful portrait of the subculture of street art and ending as a bizarre chronicling of the premature rise of a street art sycophant/dilettante, I really really enjoyed this doc and it has forced me to think about how I feel about art in general and about how I feel about how Thierry has co-opted this intimate, value-laden subculture specifically. Watching Thierry or "Mr. Brainwash" is like watching little kids play house. Just because a child learns how to behave or play act as if they are an adult does not mean that they are ready or fully able to do what adults do. Hopefully this guy has come to his senses.
Thumbs Up: An awesome subject for a doco and the amazing archival footage gets us up close and personal with street art pioneers, cleverly weaves Theirry's story with the broader history and cultural impact of street art, some nice narrative twists, Life Remote Control, the tense Disneyland sequence.
Thumbs Down: Waaaaaay to reliant on the narration which spoils the anarchic energy of the film with leading commentary rather than letting the story unfold organically, some slow parts during the Mr Brainwash gallery show sequence, plus hoax or not Banksy's interviews feel a little contrived.
That was just an unbelievable experience.
I've never been so confused after watching a documentary.
Respectively, after watching something that I mistook for a documentary.
So, if I'm right, this whole thing was a big satire.
Banksy created his own marionette, to give the media a wipe and not only the media, even the whole street art scene.
That's just a great piece of art.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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Sorry I'm bored. My worst review yet
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