#21 Exit Through The Gift Shop

Directed by Banksy
Produced by Holly Cushing
Jaimie D’Cruz
James Gay-Rees
Narrated by Rhys Ifans
Starring Thierry Guetta
Shepard Fairey
Music by Roni Size
Editing by Tom Fulford
Chris King
Studio Paranoid Pictures

Exit Through The Gift Shop is a very interesting study that evokes questions…  What is art?  What is true artful expression?  When does copying not equal flattery? Or when does art imitate life?

I only knew the basic set up–amateur filmmaker, Thierry Guetta decides to make a movie about graffiti artists–interviewing Banksy, the famous British street artist is his greatest coup–but during the course of his venture the tables are turned.   Banksy finds Thierry fascinating and begins to document his life and the results are this controversial film. 

I do not want to give too much away.  Watching the film reveal itself is part of what I love and would want you to experience it in that fashion.

Now, people are questioning the authenticity of the subject.  It is real?  Is it a prank set up by Banksy, in order to make a statement about art in today’s society?

Who cares?  It is brilliant.  Funny, honest and a bit scary on how easily the masses are led.  This documentary ignites thoughtful conversations about what defines art and our cultural influences and not many movies can claim to that.

Resources: Wikipedia


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