Directed by Banksy
The 2010 documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop is a look at the culture of underground art. Directed by the elusive Banksy, the film focuses on the eccentric Frenchman Thierry Guetta and his obsession with street art.
The film starts with footage that Guetta took himself as he sought out Banksy and the underground world he was fascinated with. Throughout the film Guetta becomes more of a participant as he convinces street artists that he’s a filmmaker looking to produce a film about the artists and the movement. This participation gets him in with the big names in street art including Banksy himself. When his attempt to use the footage to make a film fails Banksy suggests that he become an artist himself. The result is the amazing and insane film Exit Through the Gift Shop.
For fans of art this is an amazing look at the world of underground art and it’s collision with popular culture. This is one you need to see to truly understand as it examines Thierry Guetta and his twisted and insane life. The film also allows an inside look at the world of underground art and what it really means. Fans of documentaries, art, and pop culture might all enjoy this film that covers art from around the world. I give it 3.8 out of 5 stars.