Scene on the street

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YOU COULD be for­given for ap­proach­ing the first film by Banksy with a can of petrol and a blow­torch. The cin­ema was, un­til now, one of the few places a chap could ex­pect to avoid any an­noy­ing en­coun­ters with the ubiq­ui­tous (though still rea­son­ably anony­mous) English street artist.

A glance at the premise for Exit Through the Gift Shop does noth­ing to al­lay fears that the project will be an­noy­ing post-mod­ern clap­trap.

Beginning with the great man mut­ter­ing be­hind his hood, the film, nar­rated lugubri­ously by Rhys Ifans, fol­lows the story of an LA-based ec­cen­tric named Thierry Guetta. An ob­ses­sive video-cam­era user, the French­man took to record­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties the first gen­er­a­tion of street artists as they plas­tered Los An­ge­les with

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con­fronta­tional graff

Se­cre­tive guer­rilla Shep­ard Fairey, Nec Swoon and even­tual him­self al­lowed Gue the ba­sis that he was epic doc­u­men­tary. S tran­spired he had no what­so­ever for shoo edit­ing. The ta­bles w and Banksy be­gan m a film on Guetta.

Against the odds, the piece turns out to be an ab­so­lute hoot. Those ig­no­ran of Guetta’s even­tual fate will ap­pre­ci­ate drama (shot in grain video, but can­nily edited) that re­veals end­less un­happy tru about the vacu­ity of con­tem­po­rary art w

If noth­ing else, it worth watch­ing to h Banksy (of all peo­ple in shade, his voice d

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