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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Himself
... Himself (as Thierry Guetta aka Mister Brainwash)
Debora Guetta ... Herself
Space Invader ... Himself
Monsieur André ... Himself
Zeus ... Himself
... Himself
... 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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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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Banksy's former spokesman Steve Lazarides on whether or not the film is a spoof: "I think the joke is on... I don't know who the joke is on, really. I don't even know if there is a joke". 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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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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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.6 (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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A remarkable character study capturing the life of a rather eccentric man. Banksy's direction is inspired.
24 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

How is it until now I'd never seen this gem of a movie? The film is directed by notorious, and equally mysterious English street artist, Banksy. It uses many, many pieces of stock footage from a French shop keeper named Thierry Guetta (A man who would later be known as Mr. Brainwash), who follows many street artists all over the world, capturing their art on film before it is taken down. He soon comes across the man himself, capturing his art, and even attempts to make a documentary centered around the art, and the artists (Even though he has never made a film before). But Banksy decides to turn the tables, and instead focuses his own documentary on the life of Guetta. Why? As Banksy himself puts it, "He's a more interesting person than I am." An inspired decision on his part. Theirry Guetta really is a fascinating person, a man obsessed with taking a video camera everywhere he goes, and capturing these artists at work, having strong senses of passion for both. He is also a witty person, sometimes the things he says feel a little too odd to be true, but believe it. The film's portrait of the man is rather eccentric, and energetic.

A lot of this is to the credit of film editors Tom Fulford, and Chris King, whose editing and pacing is pitch perfect, always leaving proper delivery for some rather humorous things to occur, and never straying away from giving the world of art its own adequate time in the spotlight. The film really is a thought provoker, sometimes the life of the man can make you question "Is this for real?" I guess the whole film is really summed up by one phrase: "Time will tell whether I'm a rabbit, or a turtle." Sounds silly now, but once you hear it, the gears in your head start right up. It's a passionately crafted movie of a man with nothing but passion for what he does.

Exit Through the Gift Shop is a diamond in the rough, one that I give **** out of ****


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