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Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

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Himself (as Thierry Guetta aka Mister Brainwash)
Debora Guetta ...
Herself
Space Invader ...
Himself
Monsieur André ...
Himself
Zeus ...
Himself
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Himself
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Himself
Caledonia Curry ...
Herself (as Swoon)
Borf ...
Himself
Buffmonster ...
Himself
Steve Lazarides ...
Himself
Wendy Asher ...
Herself
Roger Gastman ...
Himself
Laurent Nahoum-Vatinet ...
Himself
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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The incredible true story of how the world's greatest Street Art movie was never made... See more »


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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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14 May 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Banksy - Pinta a Parede!  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$170,756, 18 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,291,250

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,132,689
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Trivia

Banksy claimed that he spent a year watching footage of vandals and graffiti artists spray painting walls. See more »

Quotes

Banksy: Yeah, I was faced with that terrible thing, when somebody shows you their work and everything about it is shit... so... you don't really know where to start.
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Crazy Credits

At the end says "No elephants were harmed during the making of this movie" referring to Banksy's US expo. See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.3 (2011) See more »

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Tonight the Streets Are Ours
Written by Richard Hawley
Performed by Richard Hawley
Published by Universal Music Publ. MGB Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Mute Records Ltd
Taken from the album "Lady's Bridge"
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Excellent whether you think it's a hoax or 100% truth!
8 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

There are many who will swear this film is 100% truth. However, there are also those who believe it to be a complete farce- concocted by Shepard Fairy (the Obama poster guy) and everyone's favorite guerilla stenciler, Banksy. Regardless of the film's true history, it is a statement about street art and, more importantly, an examination of the true values which motivate it. The film opens in 1999 with Thierry Guetta, a clothing mogul and amateur filmmaker. Guetta is a bumbling, stumbling and nearly incoherent Frenchman who accidentally discovers his cousin's role in the rapidly growing street art community. This chance occurrence sends Guetta on a 10 year, global journey to document prominent members of the fledgling art movement- from its grimy, urban roots on street corners and the sides of buildings, to its rise into galleries, auction houses and the homes of wealthy collectors. The odd, quirky and moving art in the film plays as much of a role as Guetta, Banksy and the other artists. Guetta represents the unknowing public who is forced to view this street art created by individuals who are fueled by cynicism and disgust for the modern, commercial and censored world we live in. And, naturally, he wants to be a part of it. Without giving too much away, 'Exit through the Gift Shop' is first an intimate look into the world of street art and how mainstream consumerism is destroying it- the same way it did coffee houses, acoustic music, and, well, art in general. And then it is one man's odyssey into the street art world. He is overcome by one of the last great outlets of independent social criticism and some of the movement's greatest contributors. Then, he attempts to become one of them and really makes a mess. 'Exit through the Gift Shop' is a documentary in the way that 'Borat' was a documentary. It's farce which forces its viewers to look deeper into the subject. Rhys Ifan provides narration for the film, which only adds to the humor and overall dry wit. In a perfect synthesis, 'Exit' combines great art, a few nail biting and anxiety inducing moments and a clever and hilarious story which is both too far-fetched to be fully believable but also simply be written off as a complete hoax.


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