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Exit Through the Gift Shop: Banksy’s 2010 Documentary

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Exit Through the Gift Shop

Banksy (2010)

Film Review

To the best of my knowledge, this is the only documentary world famous guerilla street artist Banksy ever made. He introduces the film (with his face and voice disguised) as a documentary about a would-be French-American filmmaker who wanted to make a documentary about the notorious street artist.

The documentary relates how Los Angeles French-American secondhand clothes merchant Thierry Guetta spent ten years (1999 -2009 making thousands of videos graffiti and street artists he met through his cousin Space Invader and his friend Shepherd Faery.* Thierry would go out with the artists** as they (illegally) painted walls at night.

After learning about the 2003 prank Banksy pulled off when he installed one of his own street paintings at the Tate Museum in London. Determined to meet the elusive artist, he got the opportunity in 2006, when Banksy’s assistant was turned back…

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