I recently watched this documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop.
I had no idea what to expect, I simply wanted to be entertained, and I was.
I highly, highly recommend this flick.
The documentary is about street art and artists and the consequences of their art becoming mainstream. The documentary interviews and showcases these artists in their true element. We journey with them at night as they make the streets their Lourve.
Then, there is Thierry Guetta, otherwise known as Mr. Brainwash, a French man who just so happened to align himself with something great and, in my opinion, pretty much messed it all up. Or did he?
This documentary has so many different layers and makes you question, what is art? What truly defines an artist?
The film forced me rethink my own ideas of how art is created, the artist's statement, and how their art is appreciated and received.
It made me think about the Andy Warhol's quote, "Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art."
This documentary also brought up some negative feelings about (most, some, whatever) French people as well, but I will get to that soon enough.
In a nutshell, Guetta is special. Since I have lived in France for the last few years, and I work as both an English and dance teacher, I understand Guetta, but honestly, I can't stand Guetta! He's French, so he wears his stupidity well, (most) French people do. That's the rub, though. I have a saying: In the real world, I know! On Planet France, I understand.
I liken it to being angry at a mentally and physically challenged person. How can you be angry at a mentally and physically challenged person? YOU CAN'T!! You simply cannot, and with that said: WELCOME TO FRANCE!
There is a saying in France and it goes a little something like this... When God created France, he really outdid himself.
To God, France was paradise! So, to even the playing field, he invented the French.
I think this movie is an essential watch for all French people! I feel they must know how they are perceived by the rest of the world. Seriously. There were several parts in the movie where I couldn't help to wonder if Guetta was joking. I attempted to give him the benefit of the doubt, but after a while, I started to question other aspects of the documentary, such as:
Is this a real documentary? Nobody is really that stupid, are they? Wait, what? Are you kidding me? Wow.
(In fact, EVERYDAY in my French city of Bordeaux, I pretty much ask these same questions!)
Don't believe me? Well, check out some of my favorite quotes from the movie, especially from Guetta himself. ENJOY!
Banksy: Most artists take years to develop their style; Thierry seemed to miss out on all those bits.
Banksy: There's no one like Thierry, even though his art looks like everyone else's.
Banksy: Warhol repeated iconic images until they became meaningless, but there was still something iconic about them. Thierry really makes them meaningless.
Banksy: I used to encourage everyone I knew to make art; I don't do that so much anymore.
Thierry Guetta: I don't know how to play chess, but to me, life is like a game of chess. **my favorite!**
Banksy: Yeah, I was faced with that terrible thing, when somebody shows you their work and everything about it is shit... so... you don't really know where to start.
Thierry Guetta: That's why I call myself Mr. Brainwash. It's because everything that I do... somewhere... it brainwash your face.
Banksy: Uhmmm... You know... it was at that point that I realized that maybe Thierry wasn't actually a film maker, and he was maybe just someone with mental problems who happened to have a camera.
Lazarides, Steve: I think the joke is on... I don't know who the joke's on - really. I don't even know if there is a joke.
Thierry Guetta: [talking about meeting Banksy for the first time] It was magic that this person let me film, you know? I felt like I had the piece that will finish the puzzle. It was like getting something in the daylight that... what you see in the nightlight. He was even more than I expected; he was, like, just incredible; he was cool, he was... he was human, he was... he was... he was... he is, you know, he's really like a... what he represents, you know? He's really like a... I think he's really like a... I really liked him!
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
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I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
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