Thursday, January 6, 2011

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

Director: Banksy. Cast: Thierry Guetta, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Rhys Ifans (narrator). 87 min. Rated R. USA/UK. Documentary/Mockumentary.

OK ... now this is weird. A Frenchman named Thierry Guetta with a handycam obsession is on the quest to find the most famous underground graffiti street-artists, especially the fairest of them all, pseudonym Banksy. The curious part is, Banksy is the film's director. So when Banksy is found, he turns the camera on Thierry, and asks hims to create art. Thierry goes an to create a huge gallery of Andy Warhol-ripoffs, and makes millions. Is this documentary a hoax, to prove the falsehood of modern art? If it is, it does makes its point in a rather thought-provoking way.

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