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4.0 out of 5 stars The word "iconic", 13 July 2011
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Whether ETTGS is authentic or not is largely irrelevant. If it is, it's a great story. If it isn't, it's a work of near-genius. Either way, the same point is made: that for every clash there's an alarm. For every Motörhead there's a million t-shirts worn by folk who just like the design and don't give a trap about authenticness.

It's probably far too early to say whether Exit Through The Gift Shop [DVD] is going to end up being seen as a classic piece of documentary-making, and fair enough. I mean, who knew that This Is Spinal Tap [Single Disc Version] [DVD] would endure, and inspire decades after release? It was only a bit of fun after all. And of course still is.

ETTGS could do with more of a context though. You get some stuff about [Space] Invader, the French artist who put individual Space Invader mosaics on the walls of Paris and elsewhere (before or after Michael Diamond's X-Large knitted them onto jumpers? You tell me...) and Shepard Fairey, creator of the ubiquitous Obama 'Hope' poster. But where is the roughly contemporary Paul Insect? Or the orginator, the Model 500 of street art, Xavier Prou? The latter should have had a part in this long narrative for his Magic Juan ability to create something new, something that people on sofas on other planets in the rain would sit back and wonder: where did this power come from? In light years' time.

This film has nothing in it about whoever Banksy may be - the voice is disguised (in a quite annoying way, really) and the face is blanked (and there's no subtitle option on the DVD). If there's an authorial voice I've missed what it's saying here other than as slight sub-ironic metacommentary. But hey, I hired the film and it didn't have any promises spraypainted on the generic LoveFilm slipcase.

For the record, I know nothing about art.
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