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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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
The film had its unofficial UK premiere in an abandoned rail tunnel underneath London's Waterloo station, an area devoted to graffiti and street art. Tickets for this sold out in a minute. A red carpet was spraypainted on the ground especially for the occasion, while spectators were all presented with tins of spray paint as they left the screening. See more »
[talking about meeting Banksy for the first time]
It was magic that this person let me film, you know? I felt like I had the piece that will finish the puzzle. It was like getting something in the daylight that... what you see in the nightlight. He was even more than I expected; he was, like, just incredible; he was cool, he was... he was human, he was... he was... he was... he is, you know, he's really like a... what he represents, you know? He's really like a... I think he's really like a... I...
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At the end says "No elephants were harmed during the making of this movie" referring to Banksy's US expo. See more »
Performed by Diskjokke
Written by Joachim Dyrdahl
Published by Smalltown Supermusic/Sony/ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia
(c) Smalltown Supersound, 2008
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First of all, a misconception has been clarified, it's a documentary made by Banksy instead of a documentary about Banksy, the protagonist is a French guy lived in USA, named Thierry Guetta, who is a fanatical street art lover and amateur filmmaker, later he dubs himself as "Mr. Brainwash", when he engages himself into his own path as an artist, and eventually he succeeded in turning his debut solo exhibition as an unforeseen knockout.
Conspicuously I am not such a documentary enthusiast, the last-seen documentary I could recall is Werner Herzog's ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2007). And the single reason why I feel compulsive to watch this film is BANKSY, then, due to the opening statement, it is a nonevent for me. But the film has its very rational depiction of the current ill-directed contemporary art market where self-seeking and over-hyped works are dominating, which are strangling the creativity of aesthetics for a booming generation, with which is the noblest and the most quintessential liability endows every qualified artist.
Whether or not the entire sensation is a hoax, the film has cunningly skipped most of Mr. Brainwash's activity concerning doing art, there comes a staggering shock all of a sudden he has created so many paintings and other art works, while we have not been witnessed anything about how these astronomical farragoes being produced, which I consider a big loophole here, or maybe it is a planned maneuver, only it boomerangs.
Thierry's broken English is another nuisance for me, most of his interviews are badly written and don't contain any substantial meaning, even no wisecracks, and the film has wasted too much screen time on him rather than on his and other graffiti artists' works, and what's more vexing, he is not an even interesting character!
After all, I tend to believe it is another prank Banksy has brewed, to expose the shallowness and aimlessness of the sickeningly frivolous art world we are trapped in.
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