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Exit through the Gift Shop

2010 ,    »  -   24 Comments
Ratings: 8.61/10 from 18 users.

Exit through the Gift ShopThe 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.

Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank.

He fiercely guards his anonymity to avoid prosecution. An eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempts to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner.

As Banksy describes it, It's basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed.

Narrated by Rhys Ifans, Exit preserves Banksy's anonymity while biting the hand that feeds - with wit and humor.

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24 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Dr. Dunkleosteus

    Banksy is a brilliant man. I loved the footage of him in this doc. I also enjoyed learning about him in my art history class. Mr. Brainwash, on the other hand, is, in my opinion, an artist/celeb wannabe that took advantage of the friendships/connections he made with genuine artists. I can't believe his "art" sold. I suppose he got the last laugh...

  2. Steve Bertrand

    I've been following street art for a long time, so I was excited when I first heard this movie was being released. Banksy's pieces are very well thought out. Most of them send strong messages, and many are situation specific. Some people see what Banksy does is simply 'graffiti' and/or 'vandalism'. I feel for those people. Look past the fact that the art is up in a public place, and try to figure out what the message is.

    All graff writers want to stay anonymous for very obvious reasons, but Banksy has taken that to an entire new level, and began using that anonymity as a method to further gain attention to himself, on top of avoiding any legal consequences.

    Most of my graff writing friends believe that this entire movie was just that... a movie, and not a documentary. They all think that this entire film was a hoax... a well orchistrated, thought out Banksy masterpiece. I personally can't make up my mind one way or another.

    Great video. I'm very thankful that this video got upped. Thanks and cheers!

  3. cezy

    I used to think that banksy was a collective rather than a single artist, but I guess I have to give up my idea!
    I don't believe he's a sell out, but his worldwide fame does endanger his message.
    but yeh, definitely a mockumentary and definitely great!
    Thanks for the upload

  4. tamta

    i cant believe he made a million dollar over a night...i cant call it art ,he says "Warhol is dead, i'm alive" was Warhol a real artist? it's a whole another topic but obviously so called Mr. Brainwash is not,but still nice movie, makes u think ...

  5. theo32

    Mr. Brainwash kind of reminded me of Forest Gump... not sure how to judge him. Really liked the movie. Thanks for the upload!

  6. Bjurne

    No message. No passion. No idea whats going on at all.
    Mr Brain Washed, for sure.
    And people love it, because other people say they love it xD

  7. RobotGuru

    Thanks for puttin this up Vlatko!, definitely an amazing documentary...and banksy's work is incredible

  8. Hugh G. rection

    There is a well known rumor that this film's main character, "Mr. Brainwash", was actually an intentional, fictionalized character, created by Banksy. If true, Banksy is even more of a genius than what I previously looked up to him as. But if that is the case, as I believe it to be, I question whether Mr. Brainwash "created" his artwork, by directing other artists working under him (in the same manner as bizarro artist, Jeff Koonz), or if the art was actually created by Banksy himself. Stylistically, it's practically identical to Banksy's as it is. It's hard for me to believe that all that stuff was created by a bumbling Frenchman, that had no previous interest, or attempts, at artistic creation. Just google "Mr. Brainwash", and you'll see what I'm talking about. Either way, the bottom f*cking line is: Banksy is pure genius. Thanks for posting it Vlatko.

  9. WeNeedWinsWWFC

    No defo not banksy..hes all about gas-masks, rats and weasels, with kids held up by balloons lol

  10. cezy

    Come on, it's a clear pisstake of the art establishment. And a bit of the americans I must say... and maybe of all the people who take art a bit to seriously.

  11. Guest

    this Joan Miro's crayon and ballpoint pen drawing sells for 150,000$ and many of his child art looking stuff sells for even is truly a matter of taste

  12. whoopi_goldberg

    i really enjoyed this show alot but i think i would classify it under mockumentary..

  13. lydia_lydia

    I really liked this doc until about 3/4's of the way through, at which point I had to pause it and look online for background info. to see if my leg was being pulled. I didn't really find an answer. Weeks later I watched the Mona Lisa Curse and I thought, okay, Exit Through the Gift Shop totally was a hoax and I appreciated it more.

  14. House Of Pleasure

    ‘Style Wars’ is available on here also I believe. Recomended watch, Graff history.

  15. Karl Rider

    Very great doc, watched it on Net Flix

  16. Guest

    Mr. Brainwash washes away Banksy's number 1 spot in the doc...and that might have bugged the ink out of the artist who although stays hidden behind a hood quite possibly love the attention he gets!
    Good artists though!

  17. hailflavour

    the phrase "sell out" comes to mind in describing thierry guetta. Was all for the filming of real street artists but he seems to have lost the plot a bit. Bloody brilliant documentary though.

  18. Joao_Silvestre

    How can this man be called a film maker? I've read his bio in some other websites and they all call him film maker... I would fell outraged if I were one. He's a fraud, that's what he is and he's artistic name says everything "Mr Brainwash", that's what cons do. He would have been one of those religion guru tricksters if he didn't hapened to have that sickness for filming.

  19. tomregit

    Brilliant! As a construct of Banksy and Sheppard Fairey, MBW is an engaging character who may now believe he is an artist. But I doubt it. A thierryiffic prank on everyone, but particularly on those who have bought expensive, derivative, crap. Then again history may give them the last laugh! I watched it twice and enjoyed it even more the second time.

  20. Larry Montgomery

    Banksy is a great artist and if someone wants 2 pay alot of money 4 his work that doesnt make him a sell out hes a HUSTLER...!

  21. Earthwinger

    I've watched this a couple of times, and I still can't decide whether or not the whole thing was some sort of elaborate hoax. Either way, it doesn't alter the fact that Banksy is a genius, and MBW (real or not) is a very entertaining nutter. Loved it!

  22. robertjamesselby

    wonders how he will be remembered in 200yrs

  23. ProudinUS

    That's it, I gaurantee ya that a compliment or any attempt to break the ice won't ever be done again! Ignorantly ignore a sign of my respect as if their on my level!!!! I've earned the right to feel any way I want to and sure as hell don't need lessons in life or conduct from them! When I talk about global or national affairs, I know what the f*ck I'm talking about because I actually belong to that world ....not some adolesant new age sh*t that I would put a bullet in your head if they ever tried to teach my kids that!

    .......Now that's acting. I'm gonna go into a church this Sunday and rehearse that same senerio. I tried talking that way to my old lady once..............yep,once!

  24. rasromalo

    i was thinking the same thing when i watched it. i couldn't decide if it was fixed or not; but either way, it was clever. i do remember seeing photos of the stencil of the film maker some time ago on a stencil art web site. this is years before this film came out. wow, can you believe all the people who went to the film maker's art show and paid for those pieces. you couldn't recreate that if you'd paid for it. unbelievable.

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