Monday, February 22, 2016

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

Academy Awards, USA 2011

Best Documentary, Features
Jaimie D'Cruz

Producers Distribution Agency
Directed by Banksy
My rating: 3 stars out of 4

A compulsive videographer is introduced to an influential "street artist" and begins to follow him around as he plasters subversive art/graffiti in public places. Eventually he teams up with the mystery shrouded "Banksy" in London and the two become fast friends. He takes Banksy's advice to heart and puts down the video camera to become a street artist in his own right back in LA. The only problem is that he lacks talent and originality, a fact lost on the hipster LA art crowd where his opening is a huge hit and generates millions in profits. This multi-layered documentary has more plot twists and turns than a scripted movie. The possibility that it was all just a hoax by Banksy only gives more food for thought.

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