I Saw A Film Today… Exit Through The Gift Shop

I love street art. There is just something so raw, basic, authentic and untarnished about it. It is art for art’s sake, not profit (for the most part). And there is no street artist that intrigues me more than the mysterious Banksy. His art is cheeky, bold, and for the most part has something to say. So what happens when this secretive artist starts being followed by a french documentarian? You get Exit Through The Gift Shop.

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Thierry Guetta is an odd fellow. It’s not only the fact that he is French, it’s the fact that he goes around filming everything. Literally. But while on vacation in France seeing family, Thierry is introduced into the underground world of street art by his cousin, the infamous Space Invader.

From this moment on, Thierry becomes consumed with the world of street art and starts meeting up with some of the biggest names on the scene. He meets Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Ron English, Borf, and also the secretive artist himself, Banksy.

But Thierry does not just stop at filming the artist; he eventually becomes one. Soon the film takes an odd twist and begins documenting his rise (and subsequent greed) in the art world.

Exit Through The Gift Shop has to be one of the years best films. Now whether or not this movie is a hoax, it doesn’t matter; much like Banksy, the mystery is the entertainment.

For people who are unfamiliar with the world of street art, this is a great introduction to the medium. You are shown a side of not always legal side of art that not many outsiders get to see. You also get to see a behind the scenes view of Banksy, a fortunate insight into how this man makes his works of art. This in itself makes Exit Through The Gift Shop worth your time.

I can’t say enough about this documentary/mockumentary. It might be hard to get your hands on a copy of the dvd at your local shop in the United States, but it is now available on Netflix Instant. If you do get your hands on a copy, you wont regret that you did so.

Verdict: SEE IT!

Any comments or opinions about this film? Leave them below.

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