Exit Through the Gift Shop

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I had read some reviews that recommended the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, but by the time I got around to watching it, I had completely forgotten what it was about.  It took me by storm.  After watching the first fifteen minutes, I had to call my wife to come see it and then I had to call my teenage son. 

The premise for the documentary is that an amateur filmmaker, Thierry Guetta, got really interested in the street art scene and used the line that he was making a documentary to get access to some of the world's most famous street artists, including the extremely private Banksy.  When Banksy finally calls his bluff and tells him to make the film, the guy does a horrible job.  Bansky decides to make his own film using Guetta's footage and encourages Guetta to do some of his own street art in the meantime.  Guetta decides this is a good idea and becomes a overnight sensation using the pseudonym Mr. Brainwash. 

If that sounds a little unbelievable, join the club of people who think the whole Thierry Guetta character is a hoax, used as a framework for Banksy to promote his work as well as others in the street art scene. 

It doesn't really matter though, because the film is so much fun.


Exit Through the Gift Shop

Posted by Steve Siebers at 05/23/2011 09:18:42 AM | 

I loved this film as well! For more "is it real" - does it matter filmmaking check out I'm Still Here - the Joaquin Phoenix meltdown documentary

Posted by: michael ( Email ) at 2/15/2011 11:35 AM

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