Exit Through the Gift Shop

(DVD - 2010)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Exit Through the Gift Shop
An eccentric French shopkeeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the Palestinian segregation wall in the West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Bonus features included.
Publisher: [New York] : Oscilloscope Laboratories, 2010
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD 751.73 EXIT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences ;,4 3/4 in


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Banksy has spread his protest street art widely, and also guarded his own anonymity. This documentary, which one reviewer called a “prankumentary,” chronicles the transformation of Mr. Thierry Guetta into Mr. Brainwash, explores street art and obsession, and satirizes the art world.

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Feb 28, 2014
  • pigweed rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I'm not a big fan of Banksy, so this was just "ok" to me. Some of the people in it were interesting. I found the treatment of the elephant offensive.

Sep 27, 2013
  • gribbles rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Love Banksy, the street art history lesson and introduction to other artists. Not so sure about Mr. Brainwash.

Aug 27, 2013
  • VRMurphy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Google the title of the film for an interesting wander through various theories on the characters followed in this film.

This documentary took an unexpected turn. It's not entirely about Banksy. There seems to be a phenomenon of overnight artists with their so called art... I can't believe Thierry made so much money, it's like a bad joke or something.

Apr 11, 2013
  • kevfarley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting. But more a more eclectic and wider collection of artists and viewpoints about the movement would have been much better.

Apr 10, 2013
  • Kong72 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Whether you love or hate street art, this movie will make you love and hate street art. I sincerely hope that Mr. Brainwash never makes another dollar in his life off of his "art".

could not play it in my DVD player :(

Dec 29, 2012
  • Chowman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a stroke of genius. Many have "embraced" the street art movement, few seen to actually fully understand it, which in itself the beauty of it. This film is fun and entertaining and a jab at counterculture gone pseudo mainstream (gallery venues). It provides some insight to the street artist world and like others have commented it will leave you wondering if Mr. Brainwash is legitimate or legitimately making fun of you (us). A must see.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Gary Geiserman rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This was so bad and disappointing I don’t remember much. QED! It’s ‘creativity’, stupid! Not “Objets d’Art”. Objects may carry some signs/resonance, but ‘they’ are not alive anymore. Yeah, I listen to great live music over and over, but the key word is ... . They dissapate. WE are alive. WE create.

The Art Mkt is yet another layer away from creativity. And an obviously fraudulent one. Artificial scarcity worshipped in Capitalism. Shame...

Creativity like femininity is dominated in our ‘Consensus’ reality and thus not understood. Now, as we re-embrace it and become whole again we over do it. Creativity is only a mystery to those who don’t do it. Any guy w/sisters knows women are not mysteries (alright I over-emphasize). Virus is the word and this too isn’t a mutha’ effin’ mystery; just a part of Life that copies/pastes, ok. Street art is made a big deal of by people afraid to be creative. Get over it. You are easy to get over on. If capitalism wasn’t what we got, the Mob wouldn’t be able to f us so damn easily. We wouldn’t have insurance (protection $). Art is an everyday part of life for everyone.....think of the Japanese writing poems to each season and letting it blow in the wind after reading it to their family/friends...

Who cares who is mediated (famous)? The only thing cool about it is if your it. Otherwise, please don’t vote Republican!

Introduction to guerilla, street art. Will give some history on Banksy, if you don't know anything about him. By the end, I don't know if the story about the street art film-maker/artist was true or not, but I found the movie very entertaining. Draw your own conclusions.

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"Maybe Thierry wasn't actually a filmmaker. Maybe he was someone with mental problems who happened to have a camera." Banksy

Apr 09, 2011
  • daymakerdave rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I used to tell everyone to go and make art. I thought that everyone should do it... I don't do that much anymore" -Banksy

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Banksy: Uhmmm... You know... it was at that point that I realized that maybe Thierry wasn't actually a film maker, and he was maybe just someone with mental problems who happened to have a camera.

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Banksy: Most artists take years to develop their style, Thierry seemed to miss out on all those bits.

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Banksy: Warhol repeated iconic images until they became meaningless, but there was still something iconic about them. Thierry really makes them meaningless.

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Banksy: There's no one like Thierry, even though his art looks like everyone else's.


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Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work.


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Jul 19, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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