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Exit Through The Gift Shop - Limited edition [DVD]

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  • Actors: Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Rhys Ifans, Space Invader
  • Producers: Jaimie D'Cruz, James Gay-Rees
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003CFAGX6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,036 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The world's first street art disaster movie, this DVD [Blu-ray] contains exclusive 2D GLASSES, STICKERS, DELTED SCENES, ARTWORK and TWO NEW SHORT FILMS. Exit Through The Gift Shop is the groundbreaking film from Banksy the world's most famous graffiti artist; a global phenomenon with a fiercely guarded anonymity. Capturing the exhilarating behind-the-scenes world of graffiti art, an eccentric Frenchman tries to film and befriend Banksy, only for the artist to turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Featuring exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many more of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work, Exit Through The Gift Shop is the hilarious true story of low-level criminality, companionship and incompetence. The story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed.

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Like his street art, Banksy's documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop is a prank comment that at times provokes some serious thought. It tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French-born Los Angeles fashion designer employed within the street-art community to film it at work: scaling industrial sites, wallpapering concrete structures or stencilling cutesy tags on military barriers. As with every scenester, Guetta has artistic ambitions of his own and, with some charitable encouragement from Banksy, duly gives himself an edgy nickname (Mr. Brainwash) and heads for the bright lights of the art elite--announcing his arrival with a ritzy and well-attended LA showcase. Except Guetta's installation is wildly derivative, relentlessly duplicating pop-cultural icons and product packaging as if centuries of artistic evolution had suddenly dropped dead at Andy Warhol. There is a sizeable question-mark placed over the figure of Guetta, and it is up to the viewer to decide if he is real or if the whole movie is another of Banksy's artistic subversions. If fake, the fictional biography of Mr. Brainwash is a useful way to showcase the footage of the guerrilla methods of relevant street artists like Shepard Fairey and Banksy himself. If he's real, then Guetta is an equally convenient illustration of the distinction between genuine art and art lovers--and the legion of hucksters, hipsters, posers and parasites that breed in their shadow. --Leo Batchelor

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In 1999, Thierry Guetta was a mild-mannered clothing store owner who had developed quite an obsession with filming everything in sight. He liked to do this in order to essentially validate his own existence. Transforming his life into film made him feel as if he existed, something he felt left out of as a child when he was not made aware of his mothers deadly illness until it took her life. That year marked a change in Thierry's life though. His cousin, under the pseudonym Invader, made and planted several 8-bit inspired mosaics made out of discarded Rubic's Cubes around town. One day Guetta joined him, and he never stopped filming again. For the last ten years, Guetta built up reputation amongst the street artists of the world. He was allowed to film them all at work because he claimed to be making a documentary.

The truth, however, was completely different. Guetta had hundreds upon hundreds of tapes, all tucked neatly away in giant boxes inside his garage. He never intended to make a documentary. He just wanted to feel like he was alive. Hanging out with a group of individuals who the society had labeled criminals for vandalism, running across rooftops at night and putting up posters was the best way for him to feel alive. I don't believe he would've even needed the camera any more. Guetta still had one dream though. He wanted to film the elusive street artist named Banksy in action. The two met and befriended each other, and eventually Banksy left Thierry to edit the documentary he had been telling everyone would blow their minds.

Six months later he had finished the documentary. Thierry describes his film making method to be almost like a lottery.
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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).
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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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Exit Through the Gift Shop is not your typical art documentary. Although Banksy had originally intended it to be a pretty standard biographical art doc utilising original footage shot by Mr. Brain Wash, he ultimately orchestrated it to shift focus from the subject (himself) to the filmmaker (Mr. Brain Wash) and the other artists whose work had been filmed. What could have been a Banksy vanity piece has been turned completely on its head (big props to the man for keeping his ego in check and creating a film that is essentially its own work of art). Entertaining, insightful, sad and funny (and sometimes downright hilarious in the absurdity of Mr. Brain Wash's vision and antics).

I notice that most of the negative reviews seem to focus on Banksy and his work, and not the film itself. I reckon they were written by Banksy haters that didn't actually see the film. Strange that they would even bother reviewing, but that seems to be quite common on these boards.
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