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I saw this last week in the cinema and am now buying the DVD. This is one of the funniest and engrossing films I have seen in a long time! Most of the cinema laughed throughout. If you are looking to learn about Banksy, there is only an introduction to his work. If you think the documentary is about him, its not. I know very little about Banksy's work, and nothing about the man himself and after watching this documentary not much has changed, although I have since bought a couple of books on the mans work.
However, Banksy has turned the art world on its head and here he does the same, he turns the camera on the film maker rather than himself. This documentary mainly covers the history of street art in LA, much of the footage filmed by Thierry Guetta over ten years, Banksy then turns the camera on Guetta as he tries to follow in the artists footsteps, creating his own stensils, spraying LA and ultimately staging his own massive exhibition, which celebrities flock to and start buying up pieces before the show opens. Banksy's work draws us into pondering deeper issues using unusual images, this documentary uses Guetta, an extremely likable and unintentionally funny Frenchman to draw us into questioning how the art word works and 'what is art?' Is Guettas art ridiculous? Why the media fanfare? Is the joke on Guetta or is the joke on us?
This is quite a smart documentary, don't expect Banksy (although he is present), expect 'a' Banksy.
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Initial post: 20 Jul 2010 11:19:55 BDT
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Liza Heslop says:
I agree with this review. It sold out at the Sydney Film Festival very quickly and thankfully was released in the cinema in limited release. I will also buy the DVD. This film is very funny and interesting look at street art and how it becomes sort after work. I have also bought books on Banksy as I knew very little about his work. You will see street art in a different way after viewing this film.
Posted on 17 Oct 2010 23:37:15 BDT
M. L. Gila says:
I saw the film recently and I'm willing to get the DVD but I can't find anywhere if it comes with subtitles. Did you finally buy it? Could you tell me about it? Really, thank you! :)
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