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This review is from: Exit Through The Gift Shop [DVD] (DVD)
An interesting look into Street Art, promoting the motivations and the thrills behind it, and dare I say it, the absurdities of it too. It looks at a form of art, and shows, through the role of the amateur film maker, how it can be manipulated and used as a form of business.
Really the film is split into two parts. Part 1 focuses on the main character as he follows street artists, while they do their thing. This was the most interesting part for me. From my perspective, I found meeting the artists, through the eyes of the film maker, really interesting. I also really enjoyed being exposed to art, which really only has a very short lifespan.
Also, the film maker is a reason to watch the film. his inconsistencies, passion and erratic nature make him a car crash waiting to happen from the beginning. This all comes to ahead in part 2.
Part 2 involves Banksy turning the narration on the lead character. Part two follows the main character and reveals how he flits between roles and ultimately annoys a lot of artists he previously followed around, to follow his own, slightly crazy, passion.
A great film. I highly recommend it. Banksy finishes by telling the viewer, that he used to encourage everyone he met to do art. However, as a consequence of meeting the lead character, he doesn't do that too much anymore. This sums up the journey of the film.